Budapest: Magyar Helikon, 1972. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black paper-covered boards, spine and upper panel gilt, original photo illustrated dust jacket.
"Rough, raw and uninhibited in the best stream of consciousness manner...György's perspective clearly has affinities with that of William Klein, but his manic exuberance seems to run on pure energy" (British photographer and critic Martin Parr, The Photobook: A History). First edition of defining figure of Hungarian photography Lörinczy György's rare photobook. Taking advantage of the Hungarian government's relaxation of its rigorous laws on citizens traveling abroad, Lorinczy took to New York with a foreigner's photographic outlook to capture the spirit of the 1960s. Spontaneously documenting hippies, theater performances, highways, skyscrapers, and street scenes, the photos contain a hallucinatory and vibrant essence that stands in opposition to the native New Yorker's gritty cynicism. Highly experimental with cinematic qualities, the solarizations, distortions, and extreme contrast make his survey one of the most unique documentations of the Big Apple in the 20th-century photography canon. Illustrated with 96 plates, many full-bleed and double-page, and with two blue printed tissue guards. Includes a brief introduction by Lörinczy. Text in Hungarian. Light edgewear; closed half-inch tear to upper rear flap fold of dust jacket, few small tape repairs to verso. Near fine. Item #934