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Meyerowitz, Joel; Westerbeck, Colin (Authors) & Balterman, Lee (Photographer/Recipient). BYSTANDER: A HISTORY OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. New York City, NY: Bulfinch Press, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 430 pages. Fine/Fine.

Massive book-length account on subject. One of the pioneering, and still one of the best, books on the art and achievement of street photography. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Reissued in November 2017 as an Updated And Expanded Edition, which also comes with this copy. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Caroline Rowntree: Oversize-volume format. Green cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, a Who's Who of the whole history of photography. Texts by Colin Westerbeck, the great photography scholar/historian/expert, and Joel Meyerowitz, himself a great street photographer. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in Hong Kong to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in its rare First Edition format, Colin Westerbeck's and Joel Meyerowitz's "Bystander: A History of Street Photography". Nothing less than a history of the medium itself since street photography IS photography. "A chronicle of the photographic genre created from the chaotic energy of everyday street life. It grew out of a 15-year collaboration between an esteemed curator and a distinguished photographer. Explores and discusses the development of the most interesting and dynamic of photographic genres. Hailed as a landmark work when it was first published in 1994, 'Bystander' is widely regarded as the Bible of street photography. Covers an incredible array of talent, from the unknowns of the late-9th century to the acknowledged Masters of the 20th such as Atget, Stieglitz, Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Kertesz, Frank, Arbus, Winogrand, and Levitt, to name just a few" (Publisher's blurb). Of course, all true history is living history. So the 2017 New Edition, which brings the story up-to-date, twenty-five years later, with the inclusion of contemporary photographers, and a discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography, is most welcome. Here is the original version, borne out of the original idea, that has stood the test of time. An absolute "must-have" title for Colin Westerbeck, Joel Meyerowitz, and photography collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in blue ink-pen on the half-title page by the authors: "For Lee Balterman, I hope you feel this is up to the photography, Colin Westerbeck & Joel Meyerowitz. The latter added his signature using another blue ink-pen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Lee Balterman, the Chicago-based recipient, is one of the greatest street photographers of the 20th century. It comes with a fine copy of the 2017 Updated And Expanded Edition to complete the picture. This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies of the 1994 First Edition available online are the more common Softcover Edition. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photographic plates. Some of the greatest photographers of all time. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO LEE BALTERMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1786270668. $250.00

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