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LUCIEN CLERGUE: POESIE PHOTOGRAPHIQUE: FIFTY - Clergue, Lucien (Photographer); H - 2003. 
Munich, Germany: Prestel Verlag, 2003 - 1st Printing. Signed. 145 pages. Published in 2003. Retrospective collection of photographs. The single best overview on the photographic art of Lucien Clergue. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Lucien Clergue and Prestel: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray hard boards with red titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Lucien Clergue. Definitive essays on every aspect of the photographer's art by various contributors, all of them world-class photography experts. Their text is presented in the French and German originals and felicitous English translations. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Lucien Clergue's "Poesie Photographique". His "masterwork" images, beautifully supplemented with photographs that appear in published form for the very first time. "Traces the dynamic continuum of Clergue's career: From the mysterious Gypsies of his childhood, his friendships with Picasso, Cocteau, and other avant-garde personalities to breathtaking images of sea and sand, riveting nudes, and searing portraits. Creates a showcase of Clergue's life-long fascination with life, death, and the mysterious in-between" (Publisher's blurb). The book also includes a summary of Clergue's achievement as a multi-media artist, notably his Surrealist experiments and extensive correspondence with Jean Cocteau. It isn't an afterthought because Clergue is a major figure of 20th-century Modernist art, AS A PHOTOGRAPHER. His work effectively helped change our ambivalence about the artistic status and possibility of photography (even though it lingers to this day). That is to say, photography can be an art, is in fact, the art of our time, and the very best photography, like Clergue's, must be taken seriously. But it is NOT an art form in the way painting or sculpture is. It is - and will always be - a language, just like the movies, but as such, it has permanently altered the way we think of and understand art itself. Encouraged by no less than Picasso, his mentor and lifelong supporter, Clergue approached photography as a Modernist artist. Picasso's "institutional" support enabled him to advance from being an amateur to a professional artist/photographer who never needed to do commercial or editorial work in order to make a living (as almost all other photographers do). "The Monet of the camera" (Pablo Picasso). An absolute "must-have" title for Lucien Clergue collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Lucien Clergue. This title is a late-modern photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have major flaws, are un-signed, yet command unheard-of prices. A rare signed copy thus. 150 plates. Lucien Clergue's "Toros Muertos" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LUCIEN CLERGUE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Modern Rare]
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