Berlin in Bildern
Leipzig: Verlag Dr. Haus Epstein, 1929. Stone, Sasha. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 14 (1)pp., 96 plates. Original turquoise cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine, in original photo-illustrated dustjacket showing the old Branburg Gate on front, the Berliner Bär on back cover, red lettering on spine. Dedicated to Dr. Martin Wagner, the sponsor of the new ethos in Berlin architecture. With an introductory essay on the history of Berlin. Illustrated with ninety-six striking photographs by the Russian artist and photographer Sasha Stone, reproduced in photogravure. Descriptive list of photographs at front. Text in German. Dustjacket with small chips along edges and medium chips at head and tail of spine, affecting B on front cover, M and G on verso. Binding with minor wear and sunning along edges. Lightly starting after text pages. Dustjacket in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #48217
Sasha Stone (1895–1940) was born in St. Petersburg to Jewish parents. He studied technical engineering at the Warsaw Technical Institute from 1911–1913 and immigrated to the United States in the same year, enlisted in the US Army, served during W.W.I. and was honorably discharge in 1919. Stone was granted a stay at the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) Art Training Center in Paris after the war and moved to Berlin later in 1918 while keeping his Paris studio for a while. In Berlin he met Aleksandr Archipenko and started to contribute to Berlin magazines. In 1924 he opened the Atelier Stone with his wife Cami and in 1928 officially changed his name to Sasha Stone. His lack of success as an artist prompted him to pick up photography. Having success in this field he became known for the cover photo in Walter Benjamin's book "Einbahnstrasse (One-way-street) and contributed to Adolf Behne's Berlin in Bildern. His work was part of the first international photography exhibition in Essen and the Werkbund exhibition Film und Fotografie in Stuttgart.