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Ickovic, Paul (Photographer); Ungerer, Kathryn & Griffith, Patricia (Contributors). PAUL ICKOVIC: IN TRANSIT. Boston, MA: Odeon Editions, 1977. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine/Fine. Slight wear on DJ.

The photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of the most important photographic debuts of the last quarter of the 20th century. The first and only edition. A lovely production by Larry Webster: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Handsome brown linen cloth boards with gilt titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Paul Ickovic. Essays by Kathryn Ungerer and Patricia Griffith. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with white and black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents one of the most arresting, riveting, and insightful collections of images of people in transit: Passengers on trains, at the train station, in buses, at the bus station, in terminal cafes and restaurants, parks, streets, and in their cars. The subjects are photographed very simply, either standing, walking or sitting down. The photographs were taken in a wide variety of places: Paris, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, Zagreb, Copenhagen, and Cannes, unmistakably demonstrating that the photographer is above all, a traveller-par-excellence, perpetually on the move and "in transit". Born in the United Kingdom to Czech parents, Paul Ickovic returned to his homeland as a boy, only to leave again for Canada and Latin America before finally moving to the United States, where he acquired his education and found his calling as a photographer. His very name underwent several transformations in the process: His birth name was Pavel, which became Pablo, and finally, Paul. Given his extremely peripatetic childhood, it is not surprising that Ickovic became a photographer. He practically spent his whole life preparing for his chosen career. Ostensibly about other people on the move, "In Transit" is in fact, Ickovic's brilliant metaphor about himself and all other photographers: They are all travellers, every single one of them. It doesn't just come with the territory; the urge comes from very deep within. We all have only one life to live, but yearn for at least two, the other being the exact opposite of the one we were handed by fate and circumstance. Hence, in Paul Ickovic's case, his Czech roots and heritage (what keeps him "in place") have become his principal subject and resulted in what is widely regarded as his masterpiece, "Kafka's Grave And Other Stories", as well as two marvelous collections, "Prague Portfolio", his second collection, and "Safe Conduct", his fourth. "In Transit" got him off to a great start. A "must-have" title for Paul Ickovic collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Paul Ickovic. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright. A very scarce signed copy thus. 52 duotone plates. One of the finest living photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAUL ICKOVIC TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0930746015. $150.00

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