Moments Preserved. Eight essays in photographs and words by Irving Penn. With an introduction by Alexander Liberman. Rosemary Blackmon collaborated on captions and text. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1960. 183 pp. First edition. Small folio. Clothbound in library-protected dustjacket. Color photo-illustrated laminated cardboard slipcase. Numerous gravure and color reproductions.
Each of the eight sections in this seminal monograph "have in common the photographer's deftly understated portraits, printed here in the subtlest gravure," says Vince Aletti in The Book of 101 Books. "Penn reinvented the classic daylight studio portrait for a more casual time," he goes on to say, "undercutting its formality but heightening its potential as a revealing perfomance."
Very Fine book in a Near Fine dust jacket and Near Fine slipcase; the fragile dust jacket is well preserved by protective library covering; there is some chipping (the largest is a half-inch piece missing from crown), minimal surface creasing and two small closed tears; slipcase shows some light soiling and scuffing along its edges (with some abrasion to tail); rear is somewhat sunstruck; top and bottom joints of slipcase have inch-and-a-half tears at rear not effecting its structual integrity; a wonderful copy of one of the most important books of popular photography of the post-war period.