Paris: Art et Médecine, 1939. First edition. Softcover. Folio (12 1/4 x 9 1/2"). Unpaginated. pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers, with blue lettering to front cover, and black, white and blue lettering to back cover.
This March 1939 issue of the avant-garde magazine "Art et Médecine" is splendidly illustrated throughout with striking photogravures by Brassaï, Gaston Paris*, Pierre Boucher**, Wols***, André de Diénès**** and other key photographers of the period.
This issue is entirely devoted to light effects in photography. The photogravures depict Paris and New York by night; statues at the Louvre; a circus horsewoman; parcs and gardens; the home; portraits. All with special light effects.
Wrappers slightly foxed and rubbed along edges. Corners bumped, thus slightly affecting pages throughout. Text in French. Wrappers in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #42467
* Throughout the 1930s, Gaston Paris (1903-1964) was one of the pillars of the weekly magazine "Vu," founded in 1928 by Lucien Vogel. The only salaried photographer, he shared the magazine’s pages with Laure Albin-Guillot, Germaine Krull, André Kertész, Martin Munkacsi, Man Ray and Robert Capa. Alongside his reports and portraits of artists and celebrities of the time, he produced strange photographic series inspired by surrealism, work which appeared in "Detective magazine" from the 1930s to the 1950s to illustrate its stories of gangsters and femmes fatales. His archives were purchased by the Agence Roger-Viollet shortly after his death.
** In 1934, Pierre Boucher (1908-2000) founds with René Zuber the Alliance-Photo agency that delivers the first deontology of photography and enhances the importance of photographers’ signatures. Multidisciplinary, the French photographer explores the avant-garde aesthetic with surrealist nudes, photograms, collages and solarizations. He also produces more commercial works, illustrating advertisements and books such as Emile Allais’ French Skiing Method.
*** Wols was the pseudonym of Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze (1913-1951), a German painter and photographer predominantly active in France. Though broadly unrecognized in his lifetime, he is considered a pioneer of Lyrical Abstraction, one of the most influential artists of the Tachisme movement.
**** André de Diénès (1913-1985) was a Hungarian-Romanian photographer, noted for his work with Marilyn Monroe and his nude photography.