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Frank, Robert (Photographer) & Eskildsen, Ute (Contributor). PARIS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT FRANK: THE TRUE FIRST EDITION. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 110 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most important titles in Robert Frank's oeuvre. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2010 Reissued Edition, which has the same ISBN as well as the Facsimile Edition in English. Published as part of the Steidl "Robert Frank Project", the French-Language Original was issued especially for France only, as a courtesy to the artist and his subject. None of the copies was commercially issued in the United States. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with red titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Robert Frank. Brief Interview in French by Ute Eskildsen. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Robert Frank's "Paris". Photographs of the city in the 1950's, most of which appear in book form for the very first time. Some of the images previously appeared in "Flower Is...", but this book presents the body of work as selected and edited by Robert Frank himself in their entirety. "Having left Switzerland in 1924, this 1951 trip to France was Frank's second return to Europe after he had settled in New York City in 1947, and some of the images he made during that visit have become iconic in the history of the medium. Frank's experience of the New World sharpened his eye for European urbanism. He saw the city's streets as a stage for human activity and focussed particularly on the flower sellers. References Atget and invokes the tradition of the flaneur" (Publisher's blurb). Robert Frank died on September 9, 2019 at the age of 94 as the greatest photographer of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Frank collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/French-Language Original (2008) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Should NOT be confused with the 2010 Reissued Edition as well as the Facsimile Edition in English. The French-Language Original was issued for France only. None of the copies was commercially issued in the United States. A rare copy thus. 80 tritone plates. Three of Robert Frank's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". At the age of 92, Robert Frank was profiled in 2016 by The New York Times as "the greatest photographer of our time". A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT FRANK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865215246. $100.00

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