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William Klein is often cited as among the fathers of street photography. Klein is a New York born photographer and film-maker, who in the 1950s and ’60s, used unconventional techniques that jolted the photography world. Klein’s work was considered revolutionary for its extensive use of wide-angle and telephoto lenses, natural lighting and motion blur. He worked as a fashion photographer for Vogue throughout these years, thereby financing his personal projects – photography books and film. In 1956, a 28-year old William Klein arrived in Rome to assist Federico Fellini on his film Nights of Cabiria. Filming was delayed, and so Klein instead strolled about the city in the company of Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alberto Moravia and other avant-garde Italian writers and artists who served as his guides. It was on these walks that Rome, a pioneering and brilliant visual diary of the city, was born. It has gone on to become one of the most celebrated photography books of the twentieth century.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Black cloth-covered boards with title stamped in white on spine edge. Photographs and text (in English) by William Klein. Includes notes on the plates. 192 pages with numerous black and white photogravure plates richly printed in France. 11-1/8 x 8-7/8 inches. Divided into five sections (Roman Citizens, The Street, the Eternal City, Youth, and the Catholic World), Klein’s Rome is a collective and definitive portrait of a living, yet ancient city. This is William Klein’s second book, and one of his five signature ‘city books. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. The edges of dust jacket show a few small chips and tears, no in clear mylar protective cover. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory # 26002


Klein, William

Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Date: 1959
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition

French artist Richard Texier works as a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, often creating pieces monumental in both size and impact. In his largely abstract two dimensional works, he often combines recognizable signs and symbols with bold swatches of color that seem to tear into the canvas. His work reflects the influence of the writings of the French Surrealist artist Jean Dubuffet. The Atlantic territory of its childhood marks its work deeply. Texier spent his childhood in the marshlands of the Poitou region and on the Atlantic coast of France where he enjoyed exploring the wild marshes, whose mysterious landscape left a deep impression on him. During his secondary studies, he devoted his time to painting and showed an interest in Surrealism. The work of Richard Textier speaks about a dreamed universe, widened, difficulty of each one among us of locating itself in the complexity of the world; it perpetuates research more poetic than scientific first astronomers. There diagrams of eclipses and celestial mechanics, Richard Texier concentrated a big part of his usual iconographic sources of inspiration. Texier has had a lifelong passion for the ocean and the universe. His creativity is not limited by medium – he fascinates viewers with surreal shapes formed in ink & colour on old maps, oil on canvas, print, tapestry and sculpture; always with a refined, serene, poetic style and sometimes mythical and mysterious. The ocean remains one of the pivotal themes of Texier’s artworks. Texier liked to gather driftwood left by nature, pieces of corroded zinc, and scraps of rusty iron, which helped to inspire and sustain his work. In the 1990s, he created artwork based on early astronomical charts of the Renaissance, as well as old nautical charts

Description: Hard bound in matching publishers slipcase. No dust jacket, as issued. Text in French. 351 pages. Profusely illustrated in full color. A nice copy, bright and clean.

Bookseller Inventory # 16510


Richard Texier
Grainville, Patrick

Publisher: Editions De La Difference, Paris
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 415 pages. Profusely illustrated throughout with color plates, drawings, renderings, plans, sketches, and models. Text in Spanish and English. A very nice overview of the Herzog & de Meuron Architekten, a Swiss architecture firm founded in 1978 and headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. Minor shelf wear to dust jacket, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory # 23905


1981-2000, Herzog and de Meuron
de Meuron

Publisher: El Croquis, Madrid, Spain
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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