A Way of Seeing. Helen Levitt and James Agee. Viking Press, 1965. 78 pp. Oblong quarto. First edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 50 gravure reproductions.
Although most of the photographs in this book were taken in 1948, it was not published until 1965. In The Photobook: A History. Volume 1, Parr and Badger write: "Levitt's photographs are beautiful - major underrated wroks. Like Henri Cartier-Bresson, she achieves a rare balancing act: her pictures have sentiment without being sentimental, always maintaining an objective distance...The casual observer of these pictures, dazzled by their poetry, could easily miss the harsher realities masked by the surface warmth and joie de vivre." A seminal twentieth century photography book.
Touch of sun-striking to crown of spine; otherwise Fine in Near Fine+ dust jacket with moderate edge wear; small tear near crown of spine (1 cm.).