“ONE OF FRANCE’S MOST CELEBRATED POSTWAR PHOTOGRAPHERS”: SCARCE ASSOCIATION COPY OF BOUBAT’S CARNETS D’AMÉRIQUE
BOUBAT, Edouard. Carnets d’Amérique. (Bruxelles): Éditions Complexe, (1995). Quarto, original black cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $150.
First edition of Boubat’s photographic tribute to New York City, this association copy signed by his close friend of three decades, award-winning photojournalist Peter Turnley, featuring 60 full-page photogravures.
The vibrant 60 full-page photogravures in Carnet d’Amérique, celebrating the people and life of New York City, are the work of Édouard Boubat, “one of France’s most celebrated postwar photographers” (New York Times). Boubat, along with fellow French photographers Doisneau and Brassai, first came to the attention of New Yorkers in an exhibit at the Photo League, when critics praised his photographs for their “‘subtlety, tolerance and understanding… These are images which have something to say, and which say it successfully… Boubat possessed, to the highest level, that great skill—the art of meeting people” (Frizot, 624-6). Text in French by Boubat and Dominique Preschez. With 60 full-page photogravures. From the library of noted photojournalist Peter Turnley and signed by him. Turnley, whose work is regularly seen in Newsweek and Harper’s Magazine, was befriended by Boubat early in his career, leading to a long friendship. Turnley has written that “Boubat’s spirit touched me in profound and inspiring ways, as did his photography” (Digital Journalist).
A fine association copy.