Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2006
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113590
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by Shulman. Hardcover. Fine khaki cloth-covered boards with title stamped in black on cover and spine, with tipped-in black-and-white plate on cover and artist's facsimile signature stamped in black on rear cover; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Julius Shulman. Essays by Craig Krull and David Tseklenis. Includes a list of plates. 80 pp., with 59 black-and-white plates. 9-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 1,000 copies.
Near Fine (slight sunning to spine only).
From the publisher: "Before we can run, we must learn to walk. The photographs reproduced in this book represent some of Julius Shulman's earliest steps as a photographer. Dating from the early to mid 1930s, these are his personal snapshots, intimate keepsakes of family and friends. Several reveal his youthful yet prophetic fascination with architecture and modernity, subjects that have defined his career as a professional photographer for the past 70 years. What becomes apparent in these early pictures, many taken while attending college in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California, is Shulman's gifted eye for composition. Here, he has captured the silhouette of a human form flowing into the landscape, similarly the way lines and shadows converge to form the volumes in his images of buildings. Vest Pocket Pictures is the first book devoted solely to his earliest photographs, before he chose photography as his lifelong profession in 1936. These first footsteps foreshadowed the giant strides he made to establish architectural photography as the vibrant and instructive art form it is today."