10 April 2008
Métal. Introduction by Florent Fels. Paris: Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, 1928.
64 black and white collotype plates (occasional minor soling or light browning in the margins, the last plate with a short tear in the margin neatly repaired). Loose, as issued, in the original photo-illustrated portfolio (cloth spine possibly strengthened, light wear, light soiling); cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION. "AT THE FOREFRONT OF RADICAL MODERNISM"; "THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF A MODERNIST PHOTOBOOK IN THE DYNAMIC, CINEMATIC MODE" (The Photobook). Métal established Krull as a leading modernist. Man Ray, in the 1920s, remarked: "Germaine, you and I are the greatest photographers of our time, I in the old sense you in the modern one" (quoted in 101 Books). 101 Books, pp.46-7; The Open Book, pp.64-5; The Photobook, vo. I, p.95 and cf. p.78; Regards à travers le livre 22.
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