(Click for larger image)

Swedlund, Charles; Mapplethorpe, Robert; Platt Lynes, George & Other Photographers; Martineau, Paul. THE NUDE IN PHOTOGRAPHY. Los Angeles, CA: The Getty Museum, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 75 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of male and female nudes. One of the most beautiful books on the photographic nude. 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. A brilliant production by Jeffrey Cohen: Regular-sized volume format. Gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, a Who's Who of the whole history of photography. Curated with an illuminating Introductory Essay by Paul Martineau. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Hong Kong to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Paul Martineau's "The Nude In Photography". Showcases the nude for what it is: The erotic as a dimension of the aesthetic and just as important, the aesthetic as inherently erotic. "The nude first appeared as a subject matter in photography with the introduction of the medium itself, and has continued as an ever-evolving theme through changing technical developments and cultural mores to the present day. Surveys the subject of nudity from the earliest surviving photographs of Greek and Roman sculpture through studies of living nude models for aesthetic or scientific purposes to the burgeoning practice of exploring the human body as pure form. Spans the entire arc of the history of photography in a manner that is both fresh and illuminating. Among the sixty-four photographers included are Julia Margaret Cameron, Edgar Degas, and Thomas Eakins; Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston; Bill Brandt, Harry Callahan, and Minor White; Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Herb Ritts; Chuck Close, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, and Mona Kuhn" (Publisher's blurb). In addition to Harry Callahan, the Bauhaus/Institute of Design (ID) school is represented with the now-iconic works of Ray K. Metzker and Charles Swedlund. An absolute "must-have" title for erotic art and photography collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the contributing artist: "My photograph in this book is due to your help. Thank you, Charles Swedlund". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. Swedlund is one of the most brilliant photographers from the Institute of Design (ID), and his "Nudes" appears as Plate 45. This title is a contemporary classic. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 78 plates. Some of the greatest photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHARLES SWEDLUND TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1606062662. $100.00

This item is available for purchase. This web page was most recently updated on June 04, 2020.