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Brodovitch, Alexey (Artist/Subject) & Purcell, Carrie William (Author/Curator). ALEXEY BRODOVITCH: THE PHAIDON PRESS MONOGRAPH. London, England: Phaidon Press, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 272 pages. Fine/Fine.

Pictorial biography/monograph on the artist/graphic genius/photographer. One of the most important books on the singular art of Alexey Brodovitch. The First Hardcover Edition. 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 Hans Dieter Reichert: Oversize-volume format. Hard boards with blue linen cloth overboards and titles on cover and spine, as issued. Art and photographs by Alexey Brodovitch. Text by Carrie William Purcell. Her meticulous, accessible, and insightful writing is now regarded as the definitive text on Brodovitch. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "Alexey Brodovitch". Reviews and assesses one of the most brilliant and influential artistic careers of the 20th century. "Brodovitch was one of the pioneers of graphic design in the 20th century. He was the Art Director of Harper's Bazaar for two decades (1934-58), produced several exquisite books, was a great photographer himself, and trained a younger generation of photographers who went on to become famous artists in their own right. A comprehensive monograph, drawing from interviews with a wide range of colleagues and collaborators and never-before-published archival material to offer an analysis and appreciation of Brodovitch's unique and lasting contribution to the visual arts" (Publishers Weekly). The photographers who studied with Brodovitch include Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Robert Frank, and Lisette Model, four of the greatest photographers of our time. The books he helped bring to fruition include Andre Kertesz's "Day of Paris", Richard Avedon's "Observations", and his own masterpiece, "Ballet". This book reproduces "Ballet", "Day of Paris", and "Saloon Society" as well as covers and every spread from all the issues of Portfolio Magazine. Rare materials such as the book covers, posters, spreads, and covers for Harper's Bazaar as well as contact sheets of photographs he took with a concealed camera in the 1960's while he was a patient at a mental hospital (Brodovitch was gay, endured several mental crises as a result of it) are all reproduced here. An absolute "must-have" title for Alexey Brodovitch collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover 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 hundreds of dollars. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. 300 plates. Alexey Brodovitch's "Ballet" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0714841633. $150.00

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