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Bristol, Horace (Photographer) & Bristol, Henri (Editor/Publisher). HORACE BRISTOL: PHOTOGRAPHS. Santa Barbara, CA: Horace And Masako Bristol Estate, 2000. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 60 pages. As New.

Memorial Souvenir Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny one-time-only print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Catalog is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Henri Bristol: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Horace Bristol. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Horace Bristol: Photographs". A rich sampling of his life-work, presented in three sequences: "California And The West", "World War Two", and "Asia". "In the tradition of Alfred Eisenstaedt and Dorothea Lange, Horace Bristol used his camera to record the human, intimate moments in the grand sweep of history: The best and the worst of the 20th century, from poignant images of the urban poor and migrant farm workers during the Great Depression to the battle scenes of World War II, and compelling portraits of post-war Japan and Southeast Asia. One of the first photographers for LIFE magazine, Bristol was tireless in his pursuit of the revelatory image. Wildly prolific in the 1930's and 1940's, he later gave up photography, and his work languished in obscurity for nearly thirty years. Recently re-discovered, Bristol has come to be recognized as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. Combining aesthetic purity with human interest, Horace Bristol's pioneering photography is imbued with an accuracy, strength of composition, and humility that is as striking today as it was ground-breaking in its time" (Publisher's blurb). One of his single most famous photographs, "PBY Blister Gunner, 1944", is a typical anomaly from this intrepid photographer being at the right place at the right time: It is a historic war photograph, taken during actual battle, and it is also a great male-nude portrait of an American Air Force pilot, who took off his clothes to rescue a fellow soldier from drowning in the Pacific Ocean (the pilot would have drowned too if he kept his heavy military gear on). Then having successfully rescued his fellow soldier, the pilot goes back on duty without bothering to put on his discarded clothes: An act of sheer daring and courage, captured for posterity, in an unposed image of breathtaking physical beauty. An absolute "must-have" title for Horace Bristol collectors. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Memorial Souvenir Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with duotone plates. One of the finest American photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . $40.00

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