THIS LOT CONSISTS OF ALL 3 VOLUMES IN PUBLISHER ROBERT DELPIRE'S "COLLECTION HUIT" SERIES (with two volumes in near mint condition!): Robert Doisneau, Les Parisiens Tels Qu’Ils Sont, 1954; Henri Cartier-Bresson, Les Danses A Bali, 1954; and George Rodger, Le Village Des Noubas, 1955.
Les Parisiens Tels Qu’Ils Sont. Photographs by Robert Doisneau. Text and commentary by Robert Giraud and Michel Ragon. Collection Huit [Robert Delpire, editor], Paris, 1954. 124 pp. Small octavo (compact size 9 x 5 1/2 in.; 14 x 19 cm). Paper covered boards with pasted title label on front panel. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous halftone reproductions. Text in French.
Tiny spot, front board; otherwise solidly Fine; 1/4" tear upper edge of jacket; trace of the typical fading toward spine area; trace of wear at corners; otherwise Fine-.
The inaugural volume in the Collection "Huit" series, began by Robert Delpire is a throwback to a nineteenth century publication of the same name, which was itself part of a burgeoning literature of often satiric social "physiognomies". Doisneau's is a profoundly humanist vision; his work in this diminutive volume celebrates quotidian life with a playful and ironic wit. "I like people for their weaknesses and faults. I get on well with ordinary people. When I photograph them," said Doisneau, "it is not as if I were examining them with a magnifying glass, like a cold and scientific observer. It's very brotherly. And it's better, isn't it, to shed some light on those people who are never in the limelight."
Les Danses A Bali. Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Essay, 'Le Théâtre balinais,' by Antonin Artaud. With an excerpt from Beryl de Zoete’s book Dance and Drama in Bali. Collection <> [Robert Delpire, editor], Paris, 1954. First edition. Small octavo (compact size 9 x 5 1/2 in.; 14 x 19 cm). Paper covered boards with pasted title label on front panel. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous halftone reproductions.
Near Fine+; foxing to upper and lower extremities; slight spine tilt; internally unaffected; jacket with a bit of the typical spine fading; trace of edge wear, Fine-
Les Danses A Bali marked the beginning of Cartier-Bresson's long collaboration with Robert Delpire, the famous French publisher of classic photography books (Robert Frank's Les Americains, among them, a year before it's American publication). Sharing Artaud's and Henri Michaux's fascination with Bali, this is among Cartier-Bresson's most 'anthropological' work; the images of traditional Balinease dance aim to capture what he referred to in The Decisive Moment as the "rhythm in the world of real things."
Le Village Des Noubas. Photographs and text by George Rodger. Collection <> [Robert Delpire, editor], Paris, 1955. 123 pp. Small octavo (compact size 9 x 5 1/2 in.; 14 x 19 cm). Paper covered boards with pasted title label on front panel. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous halftone reproductions.
Fine+ in Fine- dust jacket; trace of wear at extremities; tiny 'nicks' at corners; 1/8" closed tear, lower edge.
" Rodger was a Life magazine photographer during World War II, but in 1945 he reached a breaking point after having witnessed for years the atrocities of that war. He became determined to find a world in which universal values prevailed and the horror of war could never be repeated. With that, arguably naive, intent, he traveled to Africa on a quest for a society untarnished by "civilization." He found the Nubas, a southern Sudanese people living in the region around Kordofan, and developed a series of pictures of and writings about them and their customs. His photographs and writings serve as an intimate and revealing record of the state of Africa just before the "modernizing" changes of the postwar era began. Using a Rolleiflex and a Leica to capture images, and keeping copious diaries, Rodger invented the genre of "package stories," which he sold to magazines like National Geographic. His famous portrait of a dignified Korongo Nuba wrestling champion being carried aloft the shoulders of his defeated foe caught the attention of the German photographer Leni Riefenstahl, who would later document the Nubas herself." --A.C. Smith, in an Amazon editorial review of the 1999 Phaidon Press re-issue