Weegee (Photographer); Barth, Miles (Editor); Bergala, Alain; Handy, Ellen & Mora, Gilles. WEEGEE'S WORLD: THE EXHIBITION MONOGRAPH. New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 256 pages. Fine/Fine.

Exhibition Monograph. Retrospective collection of photographs. The single best book on the photographic art of Weegee. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Ernesto Aparicio: Oversize-volume format. The book weighs 5 pounds. Black cloth boards with gray titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Weegee. They are scrupulously selected and edited with a definitive Essay by Miles Barth, Curator of the International Center of Photography New York (ICP), assisted by Gilles Mora. Interpretive Essays by Alain Bergala and Ellen Handy, Annotated Chronology, Bibliography, Filmography, and List of Exhibitions appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion fo the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at ICP New York in 1997-1998 in conjunction with the National Endowment of the Arts. Presents "Weegee's World". The most provocative, original, and influential "tabloid news" photographer of the 20th century. There was nothing New York Times- or New Yorker Magazine-genteel about Weegee's work, that is to say, the dystopian universe he created for himself and his fear-addicted readers. "This archetypical, hard-bitten tabloid photographer was also a Modern Master of photography. Born Usher Fellig (1899-1968), Weegee earned his name and reputation by always appearing first at major crime scenes, as if a Ouija board had led him to the spot. Showcases the best of Weegee's jolting work from the 1930's to the 1960's. Captures a bygone New York era at its most raucous, dangerous, and outrageous. Here are Weegee's grisly murders, shocking accidents, gawking crowds, and other signature crime-and-disaster shots, along with his equally arresting human-interest and high-society images. Weegee's masterpiece, 'Naked City', is well-represented, but so are his other great books, notably 'Weegee's Hollywood' " (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Weegee collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are remainder-marked, or are subsequent printings. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. 250 duotone plates. One of the most important photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0821223755. $80.00

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