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Bassman, Lillian & Himmel, Paul (Photographers); Taubhorn, Ingo & Woischnik, Brigitte (Curators). LILLIAN BASSMAN & PAUL HIMMEL: THE FIRST RETROSPECTIVE. Heidelberg, Germany: Kehrer Heidelberg Berlin, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 425 pages. Fine/Fine.

Massive Retrospective Monograph. One of the most important photography books of our time. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2013 Reissued Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that was not distributed outside of Germany. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Kehrer Verlag: Oversize-volume format. The book weighs 7 pounds. Pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Lillian Bassman and Paul Himmel. Texts by Ingo Taubhorn and Brigitte Woischnik in the German original and felicitous English translation. Printed in duotone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Heidelberg, Germany to the highest standards. In oversize folded-poster DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the House of Photography Deichtorhallen Hamburg in 2009. Presents "Lillian Bassman & Paul Himmel: The First Retrospective". The photographer-couple whose work helped define and revolutionize fashion and lifestyle photography during one of its longest and most influential "peak" periods: Between the 1940's and 1960's. "The work of Lillian Bassman (1917-2012) exudes a captivating elegance and a sure sense of style. As long-standing Art Director of Harper's Bazaar, she shaped the style of fashion photography of the 1940's to 1960's. By experimenting with various photographic exposures and darkroom techniques, she lent her black-and-white photographs a unique, painterly quality. The urge to experiment also hallmarks the work of her husband, Paul Himmel (1914-2009), who worked for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and many other magazines during the course of his brilliant career" (Publisher's blurb). In this first comprehensive catalog on the work of the legendary fashion photographer-couple, Bassman and Himmel are presented "in dialogue". They are enjoying the resurgence they have long deserved, with major exhibitions and shows in the galleries of Howard Greenberg New York, James Danzinger Projects, Staley Wise New York, and the Palais du Tokyo. An absolute "must-have" title for Lillian Bassman and Paul Himmel collectors. This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the 2009 true First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: ALL other copies available online are the 2013 Second Edition. This 2009 First Edition was not widely distributed outside of Germany. A rare copy thus. 300 duotone plates. Two of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 386828365X. $150.00

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