10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 34,600
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
Camera Work. Number 49/50. New York, June 1917.
Small folio (315 x 232 mm). 11 black and white photogravures. (List of plates loose.) Original printed wrappers (a few minor chips at edges, otherwise fine); quarter morocco folding case.
"THE ELEVEN PHOTOGRAVURES IN THIS NUMBER REPRESENT THE REAL STRAND... IN THEIR PRESENTATION WE HAVE INTENTIONALLY EMPHASIZED THE SPIRIT OF THEIR BRUTAL DIRECTNESS" -- Alfred Stieglitz
FIRST EDITION. A FINE COPY OF THIS NOTORIOUSLY FRAGILE ISSUE OF 'CAMERA WORK' DEDICATED TO PAUL STRAND. "The work of Paul Strand was the first photography to excite Stieglitz in a long time. He saw Strand as practicing a truly photographic version of the kind of forceful representation he found in painters like Picasso and Mattisse, and he presented Strand's work as a clean break, even changing the time-tested production methods of Camera Work, Strand's photogravures were printed on thicker paper and with different inks." By 1917, only 500 copies were printed of each issue of Camera Work. 101 Books, pp.42-43. VERY RARE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION.
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