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Leavitt, Fred (Photographer); Grossman, Ron & Fink, John (Contributors). FRED LEAVITT'S CHICAGO: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY. Chicago, IL: Jannes Art Publishing, 1983. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books on Chicago ever published. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run simultaneously as Hardcover and Softcover Editions. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Margit Weaving Leavitt: Oversize-volume format. Pristine-white pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Fred Leavitt. Texts by Ron Grossman and John Fink. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Chicago to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Fred Leavitt's Chicago: A Photographic Essay". Powerful, memorable images of a city in the midst of rapid, transitional change during the critical and turbulent 1980's. "When Fred Leavitt returned to Chicago, after having spent a year documenting the wetlands of Florida, he saw the city as a part of nature, as an ant-hill or beehive would be. He spent the next two years producing a remarkable photographic essay that shows urban living with a sense of wonder and a special wit. An award-winning landmark publication, 'Fred Leavitt's Chicago' is printed in a proprietary Continuous-Tone Process, which eliminates the half-tone printing screen. The remarkable reproductions almost appear three-dimensional against the shifting light" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Fred Leavitt and Chicago-iana collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the photographer: "For AL KEZYS, with best wishes, Fred Leavitt Oct. 1985". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, Algimantas Kezys, was a Chicago-based, Lithuanian-American photographer, now widely regarded as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. This title is a late-modern photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First Edition/First Printing (Softcover) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws because they have been pored over again and again. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 87 tritone plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO ALGIMANTAS KEZYS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0912223014. $70.00

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