“PHOTOGRAPHS TO REVEAL THE HARSHNESS OF LIFE ON THE NEW YORK STREETS”: KLEIN AND CHARYN’S CITIZEN SIDEL, ONE OF ONLY 80 COPIES, WITH SIX VINTAGE GELATIN SILVER PRINTS OF NEW YORK LIFE, EACH SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY WILLIAM KLEIN
KLEIN, William and CHARYN, Jerome. Citizen Sidel. No place: (Coromandel Express, 1996). Oblong folio, signatures loose as issued in paper portfolio and original clamshell box. $12,500.
Signed limited edition, number 62 of only 80 copies signed by both Klein and Charyn, with six exhibition-size vintage gelatin silver prints of New York, each print numbered and signed by Klein, and mounted on Arches paper, in original clamshell box.
William Klein and Jerome Charyn each grew up Jewish in tough New York neighborhoods whose "great hero," in Charyn's words, "was always the local tough who never survived his own childhood… it was like Sophocles in the Bronx" ("Interview," Center for Book Culture). Both would leave New York for Paris, then return and use their respective arts to explore New York's mythical qualities. Klein sought a way of compelling his "photographs to reveal the harshness of life on the New York streets, and he realized that the way to do so was to cultivate in himself a killer instinct for pictures as ferocious as the primal emotions he wanted to betray in his subjects" (Frizot, 644). The text by Charyn accompanying Klein's photographs, in two columns in French and English, describes a day in the political campaign of Isaac Sidel, the police detective at the center of a critically-praised series of novels. Charyn is a writer who "has made [New York City] his universe and has turned it into something entirely his own" (Washington Post). In 1963 Klein "was named one of the most important photographers in the history of the medium" (McDarrah & McDarrah, 261). As the publisher notes in the laid-in booklet, these "photographs can not be sold as original prints elsewhere than in this edition." Charyn's full-length novel Citizen Sidel was published in 1999.
A beautiful high spot in modern photography. Fine condition.