Objects of Desire. Sheila Metzner. Preface by Mark Strand. Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1986. First edition. Cloth. Unpaged.
An early Metzner monograph containing fifty-four mesmerizing black-and-white and color portraits, still lifes, and interiors. The fresson process that she used so masterfully gave her images a sensual, grainy, evocative look. "Sheila Metzner is one of the few modern photographers privileged to have her work printed by this largely secret turn-of-the-century method, perfected and still supervised by the Fresson family at their atelier in the outskirts of Paris."
(Quoted from the dustjacket.)
Accompanied by a catalogue A Guide to Barney's New York . Large octavo. Stiff black wrappers with metallic silver title. 16 pp. Barney's, an upscale store, issued a number of fashion catalogues with clear artistic pretensions. This one, produced at the time Metzner's work was gaining visibility in the city, is illustrated with color photographs in tones and compositions that suggest her influence.
Objects of Desire: A fine copy in a very good dustjacket; three short tears in the jacket (with no loss), and a few scuffs or crease marks.
A Guide to Barney's New York: in very fine condition with mailing label on back.