New York: J.J. Augustin Publishers, 1946. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's beige cloth, upper board and spine stamped in brown, original pictorially illustrated dust jacket.
Russian-born and Paris-based fashion photographer Huene's third collection of archeological travel photos, this edition focusing on ancient Mexican temples, statues and monuments. Huene pioneered the “age of glamour” with his photos for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, but ultimately gave up fashion photography after World War II, which he thought had destroyed elegance. Illustrated with lavish black-and-white places, this collection of personless photos demonstrates his post-fashion commitment to travel and spiritual explorations. "Geroge Hoyningen-Huene's photographs, by their very muteness, unspoiled by naive immediacy of captions, accomplish the most charitable of acts: they restore sight to the blind. Here, without sociological dissertations of economic statistics is the understanding of a people, a group of photographs in the depths of which the face of Mexico can be seen in all her moods, variously sensitive, tragic, melancholy and joyous." (from introduction by Mexican writer and philosopher Alfonso Reyes). Includes list of plates. Unclipped dust jacket with minor edgewear, a few small closed tears with tape repair to verso. Very good. Item #2134