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Leon Borensztein: American Portraits, 1979-1989 [SIGNED]

Publisher: Portland, Oregon: Nazraeli Press, in association with Light Work, 2011
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781590053058
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 108595

$60.00 save 30% $42.00


First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by Borensztein. Hardcover. Gold cloth-covered boards with tipped in duotone plates on covers and title stamped in gray on cover and spine; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Leon Borensztein. Essay by Sandra S. Phillips. Edited by Todd Hido. Includes a list of plates. Unpaginated (96 pp.), with 60 duotone plates beautifully printed on heavy matte art paper. 12-5/8 x 10-1/2 inches.


New in publisher's shrink wrap (slit open for inspection and signature).


From the publisher: "After emigrating to the United States from Poland, Leon Borensztein took a fly-by-night job as a traveling portrait photographer, visiting homes and businesses across the country and making portraits for working-class clientele in the style of the Sears Portrait Studios. During these sessions, Borensztein would set up a generic backdrop behind the subject, while moving the camera back far enough so that the camera captured glimpses of the subjects' personal spaces or belongings. The resulting body of work provides a rich sociological document; individually, these are some of the most compelling and touching portraits of their time. Leon Borensztein is an internationally renowned photographer whose work has appeared in Life, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, and Vogue International. His photographs can be found in the collections of major museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Borensztein lives and works in Oakland, California."