New York: Horizon Press, 1959. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. (5) 50 plates. Original black cloth with modern typography ub silver and black on cover, red and silver on spine, in original photo-illustrated dustjacket, red and black lettering on spine, Brodart-protected. Brown endpapers. Typographic title page design. Design by Ivan Chermaye. With an introduction by Harold Rosenberg. Illustrated with fifty full page b/w photographs by Aaron Siskind.
"This is a selection from a decade if work by one of the great masters of photography in our time. In a statement on "the essential photographic art", Aaron Siskind has said: "The start is from a previous picture. There is no preconception, rather predisposition (which predisposition includes the camera, lenses and the film with me at the time). I will usually return to a familiar place or one that seems familiar. I stand still or move slowly, feeling things like the impulse of shapes, the direction of lines, the quality of surfaces. I frame with my eye (sometimes with my hands) as the ground glass would frame. Nothing that one could reasonable call thinking is taking place at this stage. The condition is total absorption; the decision (a picture!) is spontaneous..." (Publisher).
Dustjacket with minor wear along edges, minor chips and one inch closed tear at top of front cover. Light smudge on the silver S of front cover. Near fine condition. Item #49049