PHOTOBOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOB AND LAURENCE CALLE
The collection of photobooks formed by Bob and Laurence Calle is one of the richest of its kind offered at auction recently. Bob Calle, father of the artist Sophie Calle, headed the Institut Curie for 12 years, and later conceived and directed the Carré d'Art -- the Norman Foster-built museum of contemporary art in Nîmes. Also a collector, his wife Laurence founded the design company Axis in 1971, and Editions 591, which publishes primarily artist's books.
ABBOTT, Berenice. Changing New York. New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1939. 4° (285 x 220 mm). 97 black and white photographs. Original blue cloth, spine and upper cover gilt-lettered, original photo-illustrated dust jacket (dust-jacket mounted on card and with chips at the spine and edges supplied in facsimile, endpapers browned).
FIRST EDITION, IN THE RARE, 'SPLENDID NEW VISION-STYLE COVER' -- apparently the only aspect of the book's design over which Abbott had some creative control (The Photobook). 'Changing New York not only fulfils Abbott's criterion for the historical importance of the documentary mode, but also demonstrates its power as a medium of personal expression' (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp.100-1 ('a landmark of artfully artless documentation'); Auer, p.276; The Open Book, pp.130-1; The Photobook, vol. I, p.141.