Collectors' Corner

This month we have selected some unique photography books for discriminating collectors:

WAITS/CORBIJN '77-'11. Contributors: Jim Jarmush and Robert Chrisqau. Recently relesed (May 8, 2013). Coffe table art book limited to 6,600 copies.

WAITS/CORBIJN '77-'11, a collector s edition linen slipcase book limited to 6,600 copies, is scheduled for a May 8th release in US and Europe by renowned German publisher Schirmer-Mosel. The coffee table art book not only features over 200 pages of Waits portraits taken by Corbijn over four decades, but also includes over 50 pages of the first published collection of musings and photographs taken by Waits himself. The linen bound book has introductions written by film director Jim Jarmusch, and the longtime music critic Robert Christgau. 

WAITS/CORBIJN '77-'11 is the chronicle of an artistic collaboration that reaches back more than 35 years, to those first black-and-white photographs of Tom Waits taken by a young Anton Corbijn in Holland in 1977. Corbijn would go on to acclaim for his iconic enigmatic portraits of musicians and other artists from U2 and Miles Davis to Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood to Damien Hirst and Gerhard Richter also becoming a designer, a pioneer in music video and more recently, an award-winning director of feature films. By 1977, Tom Waits was already known world-wide for a series of stunning, timeless albums, filled with songs of a noir-tinged Los Angeles that owed as much to writers like John Fante and Jack Kerouac as it did to jazz, blues and tin-pan alley that had soaked into Waits' pores from childhood. Ahead of Waits lay his partnership with Kathleen Brennan leading to such touchstone recordings as Rain Dogs and Mule Variations his film work with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Jim Jarmusch, and his stage projects with legendary director Robert Wilson.
In those first photographs, then, are the seeds of these two intertwined careers, feeding off each other. Waits' vibrant persona helped Corbijn define his narrative, cinematic style of still photography: images that felt as if you were coming in on the middle of some unfolding drama. Corbijn complimented Waits' theatrical side in a way that synced beautifully with the experimental music he was making with Brennan. "Anton picks up a small black box, points it at you and all the leaves fall from the trees. The shadows now are long and scary, the house looks completely abandoned and I look like a handsome... undertaker. I love working with Anton, he's someone with a real point of view. Believe me, I won't go jumping off rocks wearing only a Dracula cape for just anyone," Waits says.
Waits' own photography, collected here for the first time under the title "Curiosities," gives a visual handle to the artistic intelligence millions of fans know only through his music. 
Photographs of Tom Waits by Anton Corbijn, photographs by Tom Waits of the vivid quotidian, stretching down through the years and presented for the first time in a beautiful clothbound book; side by side, these 226 images record one of the longest and most fruitful collaborations in the careers of both artists. "It's rare," Corbijn says, "to take photographs of someone over a 30+ year period. Our work together developed totally organically and that's a beauty in itself. We are very serious about our work but when it comes to working together, we're like children resisting maturity.
It's liberating and a much needed legal drug."

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MAGNUM CONTACT SHEETS. Copies for collectors at $550. First edition. NEW, SIGNED BY 16 MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHERS (opened only for signature by: Josef Koudelka, Alec Soth, Alex Webb, Chien-Chi Chang, Paolo Pellegrin, David Alan Harvey, Richard Kalvar, Peter Marlow, Bruce Gilden, Susan Meiselas, Paul Fusco, Chris Anderson, Thomas Hoepker, Thomas Dworzak, Constantine Manos and Hiroji Kubota).

More than 120 contact sheets selected by some seventy Magnum photographers or their estates: a definitive book on how the best photographs are created and edited.
Contact sheets unveil the story of what went into a photograph. Was it the outcome of what a photographer had in mind from the outset? Did it emerge from a diligently worked sequence? Was the right shot a matter of being in the right place at the right time? Here, for the first time, are the best contact sheets created by Magnum photographers. They reveal the creative methods, strategies, and editing processes used by some of the acknowledged greats of photography, from legends such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt to Magnum’s latest generation, including Jonas Bendiksen, Trent Parke, and Alec Soth. 
Events, places, and people from over seventy years of history are contained in Magnum’s contact sheets, including the Normandy landings by Robert Capa, Che Guevara by René Burri, the Paris riots of 1968 by Bruno Barbey, Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, and New York street scenes by Bruce Gilden. 
With supporting texts by the photographers or by those selected by the estates of deceased Magnum members, and ancillary material such as press cards, notebooks, and filed captions, this landmark publication provides a depth of understanding and a critical analysis of the backstory to a photograph. 250 full-color and 200 black-and-white photographs.

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The Decisive Moment: Photography by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
First edition (1952), signed and unsigned. Cover by Matisse.

The first American edition, published by Simon and Schuster in 1952 in collaboration with Verve Editions of Paris. The dust jacket and boards designed by Matisse. One of the most critical volumes to any significant library of twentieth century photography. Henri Cartier Bresson made us stop and reexamine the moments that we had witnessed ourselves - and somehow failed to recognize the wonder within. He saw the beauty and the horror and the irony - and the poignancy of moments that some chose to ignore, and some of us just missed. And this collection did ample justice to his work. With Captions section laid in. Both book and dust jacket bear to signature of Stephen C. Rose. A near fine example of the book with a touch of splitting at upper spine and faint rubbing to the spine base. Dust jacket very good with top one inch of spine absent and a fingernail sized chip to the base of the spine.

This large format (10X14") book is a marvel to view. The B&W photos are nicely printed and most are in either a full or double page format. Plate 26 is the very famous photo of a man jumping over, or rather into, a pool of water and about to touch it with his heel, which will connect his figure and its reflection, taken at Place de l'Europe, Paris in 1932. It is one of the earlier photos in this book and probably his best known one. The double page photo of a Gestapo informer being discovered is also remarkable. Most of the photos are accompanied by brief explanatory comments by Cartier-Bresson. There are photos from around the world and of Sartre, Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Matisse, Rouault, Bonnard and other famous artists and writers. Many of the photos are from India, Burma, Sumatra, Bali and other Asian countries, but also, of course, from the US and Paris. Even the photos that may have been posed, such as the one of Matisse and his model, seem spontaneous. It is a remarkable record of the twenty year period from 1932 to 1952 captured by one of the world's greatest documentary photographers, and all taken with only a small, manual Leica. The book was printed in France.

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