RARE LIMITED EDITION OF TWELVE INSTANT IMAGES, ONE OF ONLY 50 PORTFOLIOS ISSUED WITH 12 VINTAGE EXHIBITION-SIZE PRINTS EACH SIGNED BY ITS PHOTOGRAPHER—WALKER EVANS, ANSEL ADAMS, JOSEF SUDEK, DAVID BAILEY, MINOR WHITE, LENNART NILSSON, SARAH MOON, ULRICH MACK, YOUSUF KARSH, KISHIN SHINOYAMA, OLIVIERO TOSCANI, AND JEANLOUP SIEFF
EVANS, Walker; ADAMS, Ansel; KARSH, Yousuf; SUDEK, Joseph; WHITE, Minor et al. Twelve Instant Images on Polaroid Type 105 Positive/Negative Film. Zurich, Switzerland: Polaroid, 1978. Twelve vintage duotone plates signed on the rectos, six text leaves (18 total leaves, each measures 13 by 17-1/2 inches), loose as issued, original cloth box and slipcase, silver-stamped printed label. $28,000.
Rare signed limited edition, one of only 50 sets in a signed unnumbered limitation featuring 12 vintage exhibition-size prints, each print signed by the photographer, an exceptional portfolio collection of striking duotones by world-renowned modern masters of photography—Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, Joseph Sudek, David Bailey, Minor White, Lennart Nilsson, Sarah Moon, Ulrich Mack, Yousuf Karsh, Kishin Shinoyama, Oliviero Toscani, and Jeanloup Sieff—edited by Allan Porter of Camera for Polaroid Corporation, including Evans' abstract close-up, Toscani's portrait of Andy Warhol, Karsh's portrait of Marshall McLuhan, Adams' "Window, Bear Valley," luminous nudes by Bailey and Sieff, Sudek's still life, richly evocative images by Moon, Mack and Nilsson, Shinoyama's striking nudes, and Minor White's dynamic cityscape.
This rare limited edition of 12 signed vintage exhibition-size prints, one of only 50 issued with each print signed by the photographer, brings together the work of world-renowned 20th-century masters who responded to a unique artistic challenge by Polaroid Corporation. These 12 prints, which represent the finest in modern photography, feature the work of famed American photographers Walker Evans, Ansel Adams and Minor White, England's notorious David Bailey, German photojournalist Ulrich Mack, Japan's peerless Kishin Shinoyama, masterful Prague photographer Joseph Sudek, award-winning French photographer Jeanloup Sieff, Paris-based photographer Sarah Moon, and Sweden's photographer/scientist Lennart Nilsson. Also highly notable in this one-of-a-kind portfolio is a portrait of Marshall McLuhan by Yousuf Karsh, and wonderful images of Andy Warhol by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani. These signed prints share a "common denominator… the final enlargement made from a Polaroid Type 105 negative… Each photographer approached the challenge in his individual fashion, but in each case the unique quality inherent in the medium was exploited… each photographer used the new medium to present his individual style and way of seeing." Design, art direction and preface by Allan Porter, editor-in-chief of Camera. Portfolio hand-bound in Switzerland: containing 18 leaves, loose as issued: 12 duotones printed on Bristol satinized very white card stock, six text leaves printed on hand-made paper.
A fine portfolio of peerless images, each signed by the photographer.