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Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher); Hine, Lewis W.; Siskind, Aaron; Strand, Paul & Others. THIS WAS THE PHOTO LEAGUE: COMPASSION AND THE CAMERA FROM THE DEPRESSION TO THE COLD WAR. Chicago, IL: Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 176 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark Exhibition Monograph. One of the most important photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run (of 2000 copies) as a hardcover original only. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by David W. Williams: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors. Edited and curated by Stephen Daiter. Essay by Anne Wilkes Tucker. New Compilations of Photographer Biographies, Listings of Photo League Exhibitions, Workgroups, and Courses by Claire Cass. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark travelling exhibition in 2001. The collection has since been acquired by The Columbus Art Center Ohio University and is on display as part of its Permanent Collection. Presents "This Was The Photo League: Compassion And The Camera From The Depression To The Cold War". The enduring quality and lasting significance of the organization called "The Photo League of New York" (1936-1951). A nonprofit organization of dedicated photographers, the League wanted to have fun, create art, and also change the world in the process. Most members were united in their belief in the transformative power of photography to effect social change during what was a tumultuous period in American history. Lavishly illustrated with the now-classic work of Berenice Abbott, Morris Engel, Lewis W. Hine, Arnold Newman, Marvin E. Newman, Ruth Orkin, Aaron Siskind, Paul Strand, Max Yavno, and Weegee, among so many other great names in photography. An absolute "must-have" title for Photo League and photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in various pens on the title page by (from top to bottom) : Lida Moser (who also dated her signature, Feb. 13. 2002), Arnold Newman, Charles Rotkin, Rae Russell, Larry Silver, Marvin E. Newman, Sidney Kerner, Joe Schwartz, Morris Engel, Seymour ("Sy") Kattelson, Jerome Liebling, Erika Stone, Jerome Liebling, Ida Wyman, Rebecca Lepkoff, George Gilbert, Vivian Kerner, and Arthur Leipzig. It is also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by Stephen Daiter and Claire Cass. They all signed on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The eighteen photographers were most of the surviving members of the Photo League at the time of the book's publication, when they were already in their eighties and nineties. It is not an exaggeration to say that their signatures represent a permanent trace of the Photo League, their deceased colleagues, and a whole era of American photographic history. Twenty years later, in 2019, most of them have since died. Laid-in are pristine copies of the Souvenir Materials of the event during which their signatures were obtained. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such multi-signed copy (with Souvenir Materials) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 169 plates. Some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). $700.00

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