Love on the Left Bank. Photographs and text by Ed Van der Elsken. Andre Deutsch, London, n.d. (1956). Unpaged. Quarto (10.75 x 8 in./27.5 x 20 cm.) First edition (published simultaneously in English, Dutch, and German). Hardbound. Numerous black-and-white reproductions.
"Van der Elsken's blend of informal photojournalism and diaristic note-taking set a precendent for the sort of engaged personal book works that Larry Clark and Nan Goldin would make decades later...."--Vince Aletti, The Book of 101 Book, p. 147.
"Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken was part of the scene in Paris at the time, and in 1956, he published a ground-breaking photobook called Love on the Left Bank. His gritty, sexy, black-and-white photos of bohemian life in Paris captured a reckless, carefree, decadent and hedonistic love for life. A fictional text and captions (corny, for sure), accompanied the photos in the book."--Jim Casper, Lens Culture. READ MORE
Also included in the Frits Gierstberg and Rik Suermondt (eds.), The Dutch Photobook. A Thematic Selection from 1945 Onwards
Tiny nick to board edge, otherwise Fine in about Near Fine dust jacket; minor chipping and small closed tears to extremities (.5-.75 in./1-1.5 cm.);