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Cartier-Bresson, Henri; Davidson, Bruce; Koudelka, Josef; Meiselas, Susan; Peress, Gilles & Others. IN OUR TIME: THE WORLD AS SEEN BY MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHERS. New York City, NY: The American Federation Of Arts, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 460 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective Monograph. One of the most important and most beautiful photography books of the 20th century. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are many. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Robert Delpire: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by various Magnum contributors, a Who's Who of photographic history. Text by William Manchester, the great American journalist, and other contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition held at The American Federation of Arts Minneapolis in 1989. The show travelled on throughout the world. Presents "In Our Time: The World As Seen By Magnum Photographers". The Golden Age of photojournalism summed up in one volume: The heartbreaking, the heroic, the pathetic, the tragic, THE story of our shared humanity. Spanning the momentous period called the 20th century, "In Our Time" was a blockbuster that brought together Magnum's historically significant and iconic photographs, images synonymous with photography itself, including Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Leonard Freed, Burt Glinn, Philip Jones Griffiths, Josef Koudelka, Hiroji Kubota, Susan Meiselas, Gilles Peress, Dennis Stock, and Alex Webb, among others. "Each picture is a comment upon our experience of the twentieth century. A repository of the masterpieces of photography" (Publisher's blurb). "This stirring volume of extraordinary photographs, presenting our times in all their elegance, squalor, courage, hope, betrayal, agony, sacrifice, heroism, and majesty, is as unsparing of its audience as it was unsparing of its photographers" (William Manchester). Magnum's recent resurgence inescapably harks back to this foundational collection. An absolute "must-have" title for Magnum and photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by (from top to bottom) : Leonard Freed, Hiroji Kubota, Elliott Erwitt, Philip Jones Griffiths, Josef Koudelka, Bruce Davidson, Burt Glinn, Thomas Hoepker, Kryn Taconis, Richard Kalvar, Eugene Richards, Gilles Peress, and Susan Meiselas. They signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only such multi-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: The thirteen photographer-signatories are some of the greatest names in photography today, perhaps of all time, and a figure like Philip Jones Griffiths is a most elusive signature at best. Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This copy was buried in storage by a dedicated collector for more than thirty years (as of 2019), and has no discernible flaws. A rare multi-signed copy thus. 300 plates. Some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0393027678. $2000.00

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