Constantine Manos: American Color and American Color 2. W.W. Norton, New York, 1995/2009. 96 pp./143 pp. Oblong quarto. First editions. BOTH SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jackets. Red cloth slipcase. Numerous color reproductions throughout.
Longtime Magnum photographer Constantine Manos is a somewhat underrated artist whose vibrant color work portrays a kaleidoscopic cross-section of humanity. His most obvious counterpart is Martin Parr. Though a bit more sentimental and less acerbic, like Parr the sheer pulchritude of chromatic saturation in his images show the absurdity and surreal edge often found lurking beneath the spectacle of mass leisure. In the traditions of Frank, Winogrand, Friedlander, he reveals the disjointedness and quiet desperation at the heart of American culture.
Both volumes Very Fine/Fine.