“A CAREFULLY PLANNED ACT OF SEDUCTION”: INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION OF BRUCE WEBER’S O RIO DE JANEIRO, 1986
WEBER, Bruce. O Rio de Janeiro. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1986. Folio, original flexible photographic paper covers. $3000.
First edition of this intimate photo-essay on life in Rio, with 144 finely screened full-page gravures (four folding), inscribed on the title page, “To Barbara, Bruce Weber.”
“Arguably the most influential contemporary fashion and celebrity photographer, Bruce Weber works in a style combining neoclassic mannerism (Beaton, Horst, Hoyningen-Huene) and naturalistic reportage… An extended portrait of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion Rickson Gracie grounds the book in a passage of documentary realness… O Rio is most successful as a carefully planned act of seduction” (Roth, 254). “In the public mind, Bruce Weber is most obviously associated with a photographic version of the American dream of innocence… There are deliberate elements of casualness and detachment in his approach” (Charles Saumarez Smith). Without slipcase. Discrete stamp of ownership on title page.
A fine inscribed copy.