10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 6,250
Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 8,000
Flower Is.... Tokyo: Yugensha, 1987.
Quarto (343 x 250 mm). 81 black and white photographs. Original gray silk, spine and front cover blocked in dark gray; publisher's slipcase with a photograph mounted on one side; original cardboard packaging; black cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION, A FINE COPY IN THE ORIGINAL SHIPPING CARTON, one of only 250 copies from an edition totalling 500 published for the Japanese market only and never distributed abroad. "A MAJOR NEW STATEMENT IN STILL PHOTOGRAPHY... Flower Is can serve as an eminently fitting apotheosis for stream-of-consciousness photography. It is one of Frank's great books (which means it is one of the greatest of photobooks) demonstrating magisterially", as Frank writes in the introduction, "my hopes and my sadness with photography" (The Photobook). Issue in two variants with a different image affixed to the slipcase. The Photobook, vol. I, p. 264.
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