London: The Gordon Fraser Gallery, 1980. First Edition. Hardcover. Introduction by Michael Hiley, in English, French, and German. Squarish royal 8vo (290 x 247mm): 20pp, with 100 numbered black-and-white plates (some double-page) divided by six numbered leaves into chronological sections. Publisher's black linen, spine lettered in silver, covers ruled in silver grey end papers; black and white photographically illustrated dust jacket, unpriced (as issued). Not the common New York Graphic Society reprint. Publishers note: "Bill Brandt has personally supervised the reproduction of his prints, and has given his full approval to the final appearance of the pictures in the book". Fine, tightly bound and clean throughout; Near Fine or better jacket (brief edge wear; short stretch of lamination lifting along front panel spine fold). Fine / Near Fine+. Item #BB2114
Brandt began photographing the nude in 1945 and continued off and on until his death, in 1983. Nudes, the Gordon Fraser photographic monograph no. 8, surveys those 38 years, divided into six chronological periods reflecting Brandt's evolving approach. The photographs were taken with a shutterless old Kodak Brandt found in a secondhand shop. The earlier images, photographed in Kensington and Hampstead mansion flats, "conjure a dream world of skewed perspectives [the product of the camera's wide-angle lens] in which his nude female subjects appeared to float unanchored or loom like giants." In the later photos, taken on the Sussex and Normandy coasts, Brandt saw the body as a "monumental outgrowth of the landscape, serene and sculptural." (Roth 101) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).