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Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher); Hine, Lewis W.; Levitt, Helen; Newman, Marvin E. & Others. THE PHOTO LEAGUE AT 75. Chicago, IL: Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2010. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 135 pages. Fine.

Memorial Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. None of the copies was sold to the public. Should NOT be confused with "Print On Demand" copies, which proliferate online. This original edition has its own ISBN. The Exhibition Catalog is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Adam Holtzman: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors. Essay, "Shout Freedom! Why The Photo League Matters", by Catherine Evans. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the AIPAD Photography Show held in New York from March 17 through 21, 2010. The catalog also mourns the death in recent years of such Photo League photographers as Jack Manning, Walter Rosenblum, Morris Engel, and Helen Levitt. Presents "The Photo League At 75". Some of the finest and most representative images of The Photo League. Over the years, Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago patiently collected these unjustly forgotten vintage prints and then facilitated their becoming The Permanent Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art. The initial acquisition of 170 prints has grown to more than 250 as of 2010. Began in 1936 to document the Great Depression, the League lasted for three decades, inspired by its belief in the power of photography to influence and effect social change by presenting "a true image of the world as it is". It was hounded for the same reason during the McCarthy-era witch hunt, its eventual demise sealed by the ensuing Cold War. But the photographs live on as they "resonate not only as stories from the past but also as striking works of art that transcend the written record. They are potent reminders that many of the issues depicted burden our world today" (Catherine Evans). An absolute "must-have" title for Photo League collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Marvin E. Newman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in are several pristine copies of the Souvenir Materials of the event during which his signature was obtained. This Exhibition Catalog is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (with Souvenir Materials) of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: None of the actual copies was sold to the public. Should NOT be confused with "Print On Demand" copies, which proliferate online. This original edition has its own ISBN. A rare copy thus. 60 plates. Some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO "THIS WAS THE PHOTO LEAGUE", HELEN LEVITT, MARVIN NEWMAN, AARON SISKIND, WEEGEE, AND MAX YAVNO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1450565522. $70.00

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