Museum of Modern Art, 1938, Hardcover (Printed Boards), Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
EVANS, WALKER. American Photographs, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1938. Octavo, first edition, pp. 198, 1 (limitation page), errata slip bound in ribbed black cloth boards with paper label on spine, halftone photo plates, essay by Lincoln Kirstein, lacking the dust jacket and belly band. One of the most influential and best photobooks ever made, American Photographs had a profound effect on the field and on America's perception of itself. Parr & Badger, pp. 114-115: "American Photographs holds a well-deserved place at the top of the pantheon, and should be studied assiduously by any photographer attempting the tricky business of compiling a coherent photobook. ... American Photographs remains a great work of art, for it showed us all - including the photographer himself - just what might be accomplished by the photobook." Roth, Page 98: Evans' photos "were thought to represent the thing itself, seemingly without intervention. ... But Evans's photographs are in fact highly mediated representations, actively making a world even as they record it." Roth also supplies us with the juicy tidbit that the "J.S.N." to whom the book is dedicated was Jane Smith Ninas, Evans' secret lover, who was married to someone else at the time. Condition of this book: Extremities lightly rubbed, small discoloring stains to boards, foxed edges, occasional foxing to preliminaries, images fine, overall good. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Photography; United States; 1930s; Art & Design. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54793.