Moscow. Photographs by William Klein. Preface by Harrison Salisbury. Crown, New York, 1964. 184 pp. Folio. First U.S. edition. Flat SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound in graphically illustrated dust jacket. Numerous full-page gravure reproductions.
Published the same year as Tokyo, Klein's look at the Soviet capital has all of the in imitable characteristics of his other city books: the harsh flash, wide-angle shots, blurring, and grainy printing used to create gritty, chaotic pictures of street life. Significantly, though, many of the images in this book subvert the cold war idea of the Soviet Union as a drab, depressing place. Amidst the laughter and leisure of everyday life in the city, even the soldiers cavort jovially in the street. Whether or not Klein's intention was to humanize the Soviets at a time when the cold war was in full swing, in his pictures Moscow comes across as an altogether more amiable place than it was portrayed in the Western media of the time.
Near Fine+; lower board edge a bit soiled, with 1 in. (2.5 cm) areas of abrasion; price-clipped jacket is otherwise Fine-; tiny closed tear upper edge (1/4 in./ .5 cm); a few tiny spots lower rear edge (2-3 mm]