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Frank, Robert. PERU: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT FRANK. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 48 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of Robert Frank's most beautiful books. 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 and as part of the Steidl "Robert Frank Project". An austerely elegant production by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with gray titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Robert Frank. There is no text. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In pictorial DJ with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Robert Frank's "Peru". A youthful photographic pilgrimage (and precursor to "The Americans"), now finally available in published form for the very first time. One of the photographer's least well-known - and most underrated - works: Photographs he took during an extended visit to Peru, back in 1948. Apart from Frank's personal copy of the vintage photographs (since acquired by The National Gallery Washington DC), only one other set of the original prints exists, in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York (MOMA). In other words, all of us, book and print collectors alike, will have to settle for this gem of a book. "Until now, very few people have seen the sequence, which already displayed the hallmark of Frank's distinctive imagery. Exhibits an ease and flexibility that Frank himself confirms. Using a hand-held 35mm Leica camera, Frank documented the country's massive vistas, weathered faces, manual labor, and dusty roads stretching to the horizon, with a spontaneity of motion that propels the viewer into the midst of the scenery. A work of major significance in both the artist's history and the history of photography" (Publisher's blurb). "I was very free with the camera. I didn't think of what would be the correct thing to do. I did what I felt good doing. I was like an action painter" (Robert Frank). 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 photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 39 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 3865216927. $50.00

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