10 April 2008
BERNHARD AND HILLA BECHER
Anonyme Skulpturen -- Anonymous Sculptures. A typology of technical buildings. Düsselford: Art-Press, 1970.
Quarto (280 x 218 mm). 194 black and white photographs. Original blue cloth, spine and front cover lettered in white, original photo-illustrated dust jacket (short repaired tear); black cloth folding case. Provenance: Ralph Gibson (b. 1939), American photographer (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY HILLA BECHER TO RALPH GIBSON: "Für Ralph Gibson mit besten Wünschen. Hilla Becher." A fine copy of the Bechers' influential first major book with which "the seeds of European photography's future were being sown" (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp.194-95 ("method and subject are splendidly reciprocal, a meditation on identity and difference"); The Open Book, pp.258-59; The Photobook, vol. II, p.266 ("THEIR PRIMARY ARTISTIC CREDO... IT HAS HAD AN ENORMOUS IMPACT"), and cf. vol. I, p.193. A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY.
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