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Engel, Morris (Artist/Filmmaker/Photographer) & Van Haaften, Julia (Contributor). MORRIS ENGEL: EARLY WORK. New York City, NY: Ruth Orkin Photo Archive, 1999. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 46 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. The first and only retrospective on the photographic art of Morris Engel published in his lifetime. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Catalog is now rare. A brilliant production by Morris Engel: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Essay by Julia Van Haaften. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Morris Engel: Early Work". O' Pioneer: Some of the finest and most representative work of the great artist/filmmaker/photographer, who established an enviable international reputation as a documentary "street photographer" and as a filmmaker, a rare feat indeed. The photographs speak for themselves: They are the work of a humanist, worthy of comparison with the best of his contemporaries. Like the other great photographers who made so-called "street photography" the most important genre of the medium, Morris Engel's snapshots of life on the streets have endured and outlasted all hyped-up, media-culture fads. Morris Engel was a prominent member of The Photo League, and was Navy photographer during the Second World War, assigned to Combat Photo Unit 8 under Captain Edward Steichen. He was embraced by the founding members of the Nouvelle Vague (the French New Wave) as their "forefather" on the basis of his gem of a film, "Little Fugitive", which Francois Truffaut in particular hailed as a masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Morris Engel collectors. This title is a classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $450 because the Catalog is rare. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 42 duotone plates. One of the greatest artist/filmmaker/photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO RUTH ORKIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $80.00

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