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Brangwyn, Frank (Artist/Photographer); Wood, John (Contributor) & Cava, Paul (Editor/Curator). FRANK BRANGWYN: PHOTOGRAPHS: NUDE AND FIGURE STUDIES. Pennsylvania: Paul Cava Fine Art, 2002. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 29 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of vintage photographs. Limited Edition of 1500 copies. The first and only edition. Published as a softcover original only by a small fine press. The Limited Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Paul Cava Fine Art: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Frank Brangwyn. Edited and curated by Paul Cava. Essay, "The Photographic Art of Frank Brangwyn", by the great American poet and photography scholar John Wood. His piece is supplemented by another essay by Libby Horner. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Frank Brangwyn: Photographs: Nude And Figure Studies". A remarkable selection of photographs, nothing less than an "archaeological" find and recovery of the British artist from neglect and oblivion. Frank Brangwyn was not like Disfarmer or Bellocq. In his lifetime, he was known to and collected by an esoteric circle as a serious painter. The photographs in the present collection were taken over a twenty-five year period, between 1901 and 1925, mainly for his personal pleasure and study. "The discovery of Brangwyn's photographic work could not have come at a more propitious moment. The most avant-garde work in photography today has a decidedly derriere-garde look about it, both in subject matter and in technique. It is clearly about a return to beauty and humanistic values. One thinks of Tom Baril, Keith Carter, Toni Catany, Cy DeCosse, John Dugdale, Kelly Grider, Luis Gonzalez Palma, John Metoyer, Sheila Metzner, Robert ParkeHarrison, Vincent Serbin, Joyce Tenneson, among many others" (John Wood). Brilliant contemporary figures, all of them are influenced (consciously and unconsciously) by the aesthetics and achievement of an artist/photographer who was active during photography's early period, as one of the first academically-trained artists who took photography's potential as an art form seriously. His images resonate: Sensuous, erotically charged, and as vital today as when they were first taken more than one hundred years ago. An absolute "must-have" title for Frank Brangwyn collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. 18 plates. One of the most important artist/photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN WOOD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0970796609. $40.00

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