The Secret Paris of the 30'sBRASSAI (Gyula Halasz)
London: Thames & Hudson. 1976.
First edition thus, large 8vo. Unpaginated, illustrated throughot in B&W. Near-fine in black cloth with 'Brassai' blind-stamped along the upper margin of the upper board. In a Near-fine photographic DJ with minimal shelfwear. SIGNED by Brassai to the title page and with a dedicatory inscription from Gilberte Brassai, the photographer's widow, to Magnum Picture Agency editor John Morris & his wife to the half-title page. One of the key texts of 20th century documentary photography - laying down a template still very much in use.
The inscription reads: “For John and Tana, your tenth anniversary, avec mon amitie, Gilberte Brassai, Paris 6 Fevrier 1993”.
John G. Morris (1916-2017) was probably the most celebrated photo-editor of the 20th century. He worked with many of the finest photographers - Robert Capa, Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith. As the London Picture Editor of “Life” during WWII, he was responsible for editing and publishing Capa’s coverage of D-Day. Later, Morris became the Picture Editor of “Ladies Home Journal”, Executive Editor of Magnum Photos, and Picture Editor of The New York Times. Until his death, he toured the world lecturing about photo-journalism “If it [a photo] has a message, the message has to come through... But, it should evoke something from the heart. It should pull at you. Not only should it inform you, it should hook you”.