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Kertesz, Andre (Photographer) & Gurbo, Robert (Author/Estate Executor). ANDRE KERTESZ: THE POLAROIDS. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Laura Lindgren: Small-size volume format. Red cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Andre Kertesz. Essay by Robert Gurbo, the guardian/executor of the Andre Kertesz estate, and the single most knowledgeable living expert on the photographer. Printed on glossy stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark travelling exhibition held in various venues in Toronto, Chicago, and New York in 2007. Presents "Andre Kertesz: The Polaroids". His ingenious and inspired Polaroid work, which he undertook towards the end of his long, productive, and great career. At the age of 84, the photographer began to work with a Polaroid camera, producing his first and only body of work in color. The images of figures molded in glass, wood, and ceramic hark back to a more private and introspective world, magical in its intensity, musical in its cadence. Many of them were first published in the great book, "From My Window" (1981), long out-of-print and rare. This posthumous volume presents the work in its entirety, supplemented with a luminous essay by Robert Gurbo. "After the death of his wife, Andre Kertesz consoled himself by taking up a new camera, the Polaroid SX-70. As with earlier equipment, he mastered the camera and produced a provocative body of work that both honored his wife and lifted him out of his depression. We see a fertile mind at work, combining personal objects into striking still lifes set against cityscape backgrounds, reflected and transformed in glass surfaces. A testament to the genius of the photographer's eye as manifested in the simple Polaroid" (Robert Gurbo). So many photography books are now being published every year that "smaller" books (in actual size, not in vision) are easily overlooked. This gem is one of them. An absolute "must-have" title for Andre Kertesz collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Robert Gurbo. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Gurbo did not do a public signing. This signed copy was obtained during the exhibition's Chicago opening. A rare signed copy thus. 80 plates. Andre Kertesz's "Day of Paris" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE KERTESZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0393065642. $100.00

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