Boucher, Pierre (Photographer/Subject) & Bouqueret, Christian (Author). PIERRE BOUCHER: PHOTOMONTEUR. Paris, France: Marval Collection Annees 30, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. The single best contemporary book on the photographic art and achievement of Pierre Boucher. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only and as part of Marval Publishing's "Collection Annees 30" Series. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Marval: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Pierre Boucher. Text by Christian Bouqueret, who put the book together. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Paris, France to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Pierre Boucher: Photomonteur". Remembrance of the photographer as a remarkable pioneering figure worthy to rank with his more well-known contemporaries: The French Man Ray. Boucher's mastery of advertising and modern graphic techniques marked his artistic approach, just as it did later, iconic figures like Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha. His peripatetic trips to Spain, Egypt, Morocco, Monaco, Russia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States yielded a massive collection of photographs. Still, he made his most lasting mark for helping to bring photography into the Modern Era, specifically as an artistic material in its own right, using mechanical imaging techniques. Working during the period of the New Objectivity Movement, Boucher explored other aspects of photography instead: He created Surrealist-inspired male and female nudes, which are some of the most formally and sensually beautiful ever created in the history of photography, as well as photograms, photo-collages, solarizations, and overprints. "Today, I am hunting images. We must be satisfied with a quick glance, seize movement in flight, and capture life in what it offers that is most moving" (Pierre Boucher). An absolute "must-have" title for Pierre Boucher collectors. This title is a photography book classic. It comes with a pristine 4 X 6 inch postcard of "La Chute des Corps, 1937" (trio of female nudes) that is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on verso by Pierre Boucher, a rare signature. The image appears as Plate 25 (on page 77) of the book. As far as we know, this is the only copy (with signed postcard) of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: Pierre Boucher signed the postcard, NOT the book. Copies available have serious flaws and have no collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 86 plates, 1 signed postcard. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible set. . ISBN 2862343676. $200.00

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