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Blumenfeld, Erwin (Photographer); Besset, Maurice & Teicher, Hendel (Contributors). BLUMENFELD: MEINE 100 BESTEN FOTOS/BLUMENFELD: MY ONE HUNDRED BEST PHOTOS. New York City, NY: Rizzoli Press, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 139 pages. Fine/Fine.

Facsimile Edition of the 1979 German original. One of the most beautiful art photography books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Rizzoli Press: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with white titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Erwin Blumenfeld. Introduction by Maurice Besset. Essay by Hendel Teicher in a felicitous English translation by Phillipe Garner and Luna Carne-Ross. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated and uncoated stock papers in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. The First-State DJ is an exact facsimile of the First German Edition, and was subsequently replaced with the English-language version in all other subsequent printings. Presents, in its First English-Language Edition, Erwin Blumenfeld's "Meine 100 Besten Fotos". His one hundred best photographs, as personally selected by him, tragically unpublished in his lifetime, and now universally recognized as among the finest photographic images ever conceived and realized. Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) did become famous for his fashion photography, working for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. But his heart lay with the female face, body, and form, an obsession that resulted in some of the most innovative and brilliant nudes in photographic history, rivalled and matched only by the likes of Man Ray. Blumenfeld was one of the most innately and profoundly erotic portrayers of the nude. "He aimed to persuade his audience of the magical beauty of the human body, and to show the world that the nudes of the great Master Painters, from Botticelli to Ingres, could be challenged through the magical potential of the darkroom. An inspired innovator who experimented with solarizations, reticulations, negative-positive combinations, and chemical manipulations to enhance the eroticism of his images" (Publisher's blurb). The full range of Blumenfeld's inventiveness encompassed the Classical, the Surrealist, and (most brilliant of all) the Abstract Expressionist. An absolute "must-have" title for Erwin Blumenfeld collectors. This title is a great art photography book. As far as we know, this is only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/First-State DJ available online and despite its imperfection (slight rubbing on DJ) is still in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online are remainder-marked or have serious flaws ("Very Good") yet are priced as though they had collectible value. A rare copy thus. 100 plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ERWIN BLUMENFELD TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0847803406. $150.00

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