“ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PHOTOGRAPHERS OF HIS GENERATION”: FIRST EDITION OF KLEIN’S MOSCOW, WITH OVER 125 PHOTOGRAVURES
KLEIN, William. Moscow. New York: Crown, (1964). Small folio, original white cloth, original dust jacket. $1900.
First edition of Klein’s Moscow, one of the final photobooks in his groundbreaking series on four cities, a definitive work with over 125 electrifying black-and-white photogravures brilliantly “laid out and syncopated like good jazz” (New York Times), in scarce dust jacket.
"One of the most important photographers of his generation," William Klein began his career in 1956 with Life is Good—the first volume in his landmark four-city series. It was a time when many of photography's rules got broken, and "Klein broke more of them, and earlier, than almost anyone else." With that first revolutionary work and the landmark "city" photobooks that followed—Rome (1960), Moscow (1964) and Tokyo (1964), it became clear that "Klein's esthetic is most tellingly revealed in his books, which he designed to the last detail. Aggressively laid out and syncopated like good jazz, they move forward like movies edited by a cagey collagist" (New York Times). Divided into four sections—Moscovites, Privileged Classes, Parks and Palaces, Streets; with captions and preface by Harrison E. Salisbury. Open Book, 204. See Roth, 140. See Parr & Badger I:243.
Book fine; slight edge-wear with several small closed tears to near-fine, price-clipped dust jacket.