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Blumenfeld, Erwin (Photographer) & Blumenfeld, Yorick (Contributor/Editor). THE NAKED AND THE VEILED: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC NUDES OF ERWIN BLUMENFELD. London, England: Thames And Hudson, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of female nudes. One of the most beautiful books on the erotic photographic art of Erwin Blumenfeld. 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 Thames & Hudson: Oversize-volume format. Blue hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Erwin Blumenfeld. Curated, edited, and assembled by his son, Yorick Blumenfeld. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Erwin Blumenfeld's "The Naked And The Veiled". A posthumous retrospective of his pioneering and experimentally dazzling female nudes (with a few male nudes thrown in for good measure, including a full-frontal self-portrait of the photographer). Features never-before-published photographs as well as celebrated images such as "Nude Under Wet Silk". One of the greatest fashion and lifestyle photographers of our time, Blumenfeld is also recognized as one of the most innately and profoundly erotic portrayers of the nude. "He aimed to persuade his audience of the magical beauty of the human body, and to show the world that the nudes of the great Master Painters, from Botticelli to Ingres, could be challenged through the magical potential of the darkroom. An inspired innovator who experimented with solarizations, reticulations, negative-positive combinations, and chemical manipulations to enhance the eroticism of his images" (Publisher's blurb). His son Yorick provides insight into the work and brings a greater understanding and appreciation of these highly original and complex images. He describes the full range of Blumenfeld's inventiveness, from the Classical to the Surrealist to (most brilliant of all) the Abstract Expressionist. "It will interest not only those who are already familiar with Blumenfeld's fashion photographs, but anyone interested in the history of the nude in photography, who wishes to see the subject treated by one of the 20th century's undisputed Masters". An absolute "must-have" title for Erwin Blumenfeld 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 are remainder-marked or have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. 120 duotone and color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ERWIN BLUMENFELD TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0500542309. $70.00

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