LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED ARTIST'S PROOF COPY OF THE GODFATHER FAMILY ALBUM, ONE OF ONLY 120 COPIES, WITH AN ORIGINAL PRINT SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER STEVE SCHAPIRO
SCHAPIRO, Steve. The Godfather Family Album. Cologne: Taschen, 2008. Folio (11-1/2 by 17-1/2 inches), original half brown leather, original clamshell box, original shipping box. $8500.
Signed limited first edition, number AP48 out of only 120 Artist's Proof Copies (out of a total edition of 1320) signed by photographer Steve Schapiro on the limitation page, with over 400 color and black-and-white images (many full or double-page) from the making of the Godfather films. This copy with an additional original photographic print of Coppola and Brando on the set, number three of only 20 signed and numbered by Schapiro and with his stamp on the verso.
"Imagine the experience of witnessing renowned actors as they made their most memorable performances. Steve Schapiro has had such a privilege as special photographer on some of American cinema's most beloved movies. For Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy, Schapiro immortalized actors such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Caan, Robert Duvall,and Diane Keaton. His photographs of the Godfather holding the cat and the whisper in the Godfather's ear have become iconic images known throughout the world. Brought together in a book for the first time is a vast selection of images from all three Godfather films, reproduced from Schapiro's original negatives. This lavish limited-edition book, which also includes background articles and interviews about the films, contains over 400 color and black-and-white images, most of which have never been published before. It allows fans a privileged peek behind the scenes at the making of film history, and it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime offer you can't refuse" (Taschen).