Observations. Photographs by Richard Avedon. Comments by Truman Capote. Designed by Alexey Brodovitch. C.J. Bucher AG Camera Verlag, Luzern 1959. 151 pp. First Swiss edition. Folio. Hardbound. Slipcased. Original protective plastic jacket. Numerous gravure reproductions.
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Avedon's seminal first book is included in Roth's Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photography Books of the Twentieth Century. Writing there, Vince Aletti said, "Observations is the culmination of a creative collaboration between Richard Avedon and Alexey Brodovitch that began in 1945...Though it didn't take long for Avedon's fame to eclipse Brodovitch's legend, their reputations are inextricably linked...Impeccably sequenced, with a consistently arresting juxtaposition of full-bleed and small scale, black-and-white images, as well as generous expanses of cool white space and architectural blocks of slate-gray italic text, Avedon's first book is Brodovitch's summing up..."
Fine- in Very Good- slipcase; clean pages; a crisp, square copy with minor foxing to backstrip and endpapers; slight bumping to to one corner and crown of spine; two tears of less than 1/4" to backstrip at base of spine; a few small chips to plastic jacket with loss of about 1/2" at base of spine. Slipcase is Very Good-; soiling and foxing; abraded at extremities, but without any loss of structural integrity; small area of abrasion (about 1" x 1/2") on rear panel.