Ed Van Der Elsken: Een liefdesgeschiedenis in Saint Germain des Prés [Love on the Left Bank]. Unpaged. Thin quarto. First edition. De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 1956. (Published simultaneously in English, Dutch, and German). Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous black-and-white reproductions. Text in Dutch.
"Van der Elsken's blend of informal photojournalism and diaristic note-taking set a precedent for the sort of engaged personal book works that Larry Clark and Nan Goldin would make decades later...."--Vince Aletti in Roth, et. al., The Book of 101 Books.
"Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken was part of the scene in Paris at the time, and in 1956, he published a ground-breaking photobook called Love on the Left Bank. His gritty, sexy, black-and-white photos of bohemian life in Paris captured a reckless, carefree, decadent and hedonistic love for life. A fictional text and captions (corny, for sure), accompanied the photos in the book."--Jim Casper, Lens Culture. READ MORE
Also included in the Frits Gierstberg and Rik Suermondt (eds.), The Dutch Photobook. A Thematic Selection from 1945 Onwards
Near Fine+; shelf wear to boards, slight bump near crown of spine; the fragile dj is Near Fine- with some edge wear and light abrasion at extremities (two small tears at fore edges, less than 1"); small area of abrasion from price sticker on front panel (3/4" in. sq.) filled in with black marker (with some bleed-through on verso).