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Levitt, Helen (Photographer) & Oles, James (Contributor). MEXICO CITY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY HELEN LEVITT. New York City, NY: The Center For Documentary Studies/W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 184 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the finest photography books of the 20th century. Limited Slipcased Edition of 200 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the regular trade edition. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Helen Levitt and Marvin Hoshino: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Helen Levitt. Essay, "Helen's Other City", by James Oles, the American photography scholar/historian who has lived in Mexico City since 1991. Selected Exhibitions, Bibliography, and Acknowledgments appended at the end. Matching gray slipcase with gilt titles on one side. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 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 travelling exhibition of the same name held in 1997 and 1998. Presents Helen Levitt's "Mexico City". Indelible photographs of the eponymous, tragic city. In 1941, Helen Levitt spent several months in Mexico, photographing the city and its inhabitants. Her work joins the best by such photographers as Tina Modotti, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Walker Evans, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, who all felt an urgent need to come to grips with the city. Without sentimentality, Helen Levitt captured the conflicts and juxtapositions that announced Mexico City's entry into the 20th century. "These images stand as crucial documents of an urban world caught in the throes of modernity, of a people, and of a nation that was leaving the village behind" (James Oles). To show just that, Levitt personally selected the photographs in this collection, from among the hundreds she took, to represent her body of work on her other city, a searing contrast to her beloved New York, of which she has deservedly been called its visual Poet Laureate. An absolute "must-have" title for Helen Levitt collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated as such on the Back Limitation Page, and it is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully numbered and signed in black ink-pen by Helen Levitt. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 67 duotone plates. Helen Levitt's "A Way of Seeing" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HELEN LEVITT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0393045498. $500.00

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