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Conversations avec Picasso
NRF Gallimard, Paris 1964 - Octavo. 334pp. Original printed wrappers with red and black lettering on front cover. Book in a 2/3 red leather modern custom made clamshell over tan cloth with raised bands and gold lettering on spine. First trade edition of Brassaï’s intimate account of his experiences with Picasso. Brassaï (the pseudonym for Gyula Halasz) originally trained to be an artist, but after arriving in Paris in 1923, he instead turned to journalism. His artistic yet hauntingly candid works of photojournalism of Paris nightlife won him international acclaim in the 1930s. During the German occupation, Brassaï worked in Picasso’s studio, and used Picasso as the subject of numerous post-War photographs, many of which are presented in this book. Picasso said of "Conversations," "Read this book if you want to understand me." According to Brassaï, who has been described by Henry Miller as "a living eye," the ideal photographer is "an implacable spectator, an impartial witness and a faithful chronicler," but also someone with a "sense of the magic beneath the surface of reality" (Roth, 76). Brassaï brings these observational skills to bear in his account of his interactions with Picasso. Brassaï's lifelong friendship with Picasso resulted in several photographic books, notably "Les Sculptures de Picasso" (1948) and this "Conversations avec Picasso" (1964). Age-toning and slight foxing on covers. Text in French. Clamshell in overall near to fine, wrappers in good+, interior in near fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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