Paul Outerbridge. 1896-1958
Köln: Taschen, 1999. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's teal paper-covered boards, spine and upper board lettered in white, textured black endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Monograph on American photographer Paul Outerbridge. Trained as a graphic designer, Outebridge produced commercial work for Vogue and Vanity Fair, before opening his own studio. He maintained a lifelong interest in formalism and abstraction, encouraged by friendships with Man Ray, Duchamp, Abbott, and Steichen. A pioneer in color photography, he published an influential 1940 book on his techniques. His lush color nudes were deemed too racy; their failure to find an audience, coupled with cheap technological advances he refused to embrace, led to a decline in his output, though he continued to write a regular column for U.S. Camera magazine until his death in 1958. Edited by designer, curator, and photography scholar Manfred Heiting, this comprehensive survey showcases work throughout Outerbridge's career, including his revolutionary nudes and still lifes, with a personal portrait of the photographer by M. F. Agha and text by art critic Elaine Dines-Cox with photography curator Carol McCusker. Illustrated with color and black-and-white plates; with a biography and selected bibliography. Text in English, German, and French. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #6389