Brassaï. Preface by John Szarkowski. Essay by Lawrence Durrell. Museum of Modern Art, New York/distributed by New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, Conn., 1968. 80 pp. Small quarto (9 x 8 in./24 x 23 cm.) First edition. INSCRIBED to photographer Ken Haak, 'Pour Ken Haak/a mon collegue, en tres cordial/ Souvenir de Brassaï/New York, le 26 Nov. 1968.' Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions.
"The photograph has a double destiny....
It is the daughter of the world of externals, of the living second, and as such will always
keep something of the historic or scientific document about it; but it is also the daughter
of the rectangle, a child of the beaux-arts. which requires one to fill up the space
agreeably or harmoniously with black-and-white spots or colors."--Brassaï
"The most distinguishing characteristic of Brassai's work is its profound poise
and naturalness, the sense of easy permanenc.. Looking at his
pictures, one is not aware of the act of photographing; it is rather as though the
subject, through some agency of its own, reproduced itself. This unchallengeable
authority is the measure of Brassai's genius - of his ability to recognize primordial
form, and to present his vision with a simplicity that depends on a brilliant and wholly
functional technique."--John Szarkowski
About Near Fine in Fine dust jacket; discoloration to board extremities; jacket lightly rubbed.