10 April 2008
Life is Good & Good For You In New York. Trance Witness Revels. Paris: Roto-Sadag, [Geneva] for Éditions du Seuil, 1956.
Quarto (275 x 215 mm). With the original booklet of captions, in English, laid-in. 188 black and white photographs. Original black cloth, spine lettered in white (lacking dust jacket); black cloth folding case. Provenance: Edward Steichen (presentation inscription from Klein) -- Peter C. Bunnell (ink stamp).
FIRST EDITION. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY INSCRIBED BY KLEIN TO EDWARD STEICHEN. "Edward Steichen with admiration William Klein." Steichen was then director of the Department of Photography at the MoMA; his ideas and images influenced many, including Klein, and helped shape photography in the 20th century. Steichen's 'Family of Man' exhibition had opened the year before Klein's book was published and became MoMA's most popular photographic exhibition. "Klein's admiration for Steichen must stem from more than nostalgia or repsect for MoMA, which he remembers fondly from his boyhood. Instead there is something in Steichen's mature aesthetic that seems to echo in Klein's rebelliousness" (Associations). The book was later in the collection of Peter Bunnell -- who was with Steichen, Szarkowski and others, one of the key figures in MoMA's photography department. Klein's New York is AMONG THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PHOTOBOOKS, AND "ONE OF THE FIRST GREAT POP BOOKS" -- "a quintessential monument to the American cultural scene" (The Photobook). With the original booklet of captions laid-in. 101 Books, pp.140-43 ("MATCHLESS, A TIME BOMB THAT'S NEVER BEEN DEFUSED"); Associations, pp.32-3; The Open Book, pp.164-65; The Photobook, vol. I, p.243 ("RAW, KINETIC, AND UTTERLY ORIGINAL").
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