Frank, Robert. SEVEN STORIES. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2009. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 124 pages. Fine/Fine.

Artist Book. Retrospective collection of photographs, presented as a Slipcased Set. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only and as part of the Steidl "Robert Frank Project" that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl: Small-sized volume format. There are seven individual volumes in all. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Robert Frank. There is no text. Matching slipcase. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ/slipcase, as issued. Presents Robert Frank's "Seven Stories". One of the most sublimely beautiful titles in the Steidl Project. "After completing his seminal photography book, 'The Americans' in 1958, Robert Frank put aside the still image and concentrated throughout the 1960's on film-making. He returned to still photography in the 1970's, using a Polaroid camera with black-and-white positive/negative film. These images were frequently layered with text, which Frank inscribed by hand onto the Polaroid negative. He found that these works allowed him more freedom to 'destroy the perfect image'. In recent years, Frank has worked almost exclusively with Polaroids, exploring the collage and assemblage possibilities of the instant photograph. This slipcased collection of small, staple-bound books represents a new stage in the practice of a remarkable artist who continually challenges the limits of photography and strives to avoid repeating himself" (Gerhard Steidl). "He can portray real pain and capture profound depths of human emotion better than almost any other photographer; indeed, better than almost any other artist in any medium" (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger). Robert Frank died on September 9, 2019 at the age of 94 as the greatest photographer of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Frank collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the first page of Volume 1 by Robert Frank. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great Artist Book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Signed Robert Franks are rare, command as much as $20000 online even if they are not in fine condition, and will always keep their value. A rare signed copy thus. 124 plates. Three of Robert Frank's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". At the age of 92, Robert Frank was profiled in 2016 by The New York Times as "the greatest photographer of our time". A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT FRANK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865217893. $1000.00

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