PICASSO, Pablo (binding design); MORATH, Inge (photographs); AUBIER, Dominique (text)
Title GUERRE À LA TRISTESSE [Fiesta in Pamplona]
Book Condition Near fine
Jacket Condition Very good Jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher Paris Robert Delpire 1955
Seller ID 991
4to (9¼” x 11”). pp. . INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO THE FATHER OF FRENCH NEW WAVE CINEMA AND FILM STUDIES, ANDRÉ BAZIN. Original photographic dust jacket. Unsigned binding design after a lithograph by Pablo Picasso in grey on white woven cloth. The first edition of Morath and Aubier's striking photobook of the running of the bulls at Pamploma. An English language version was published a year later as Fiesta in Pamplona. The book includes text in French by journalist and film critic Dominque Aubier and 82 heliogravures: 13 in color and 69 in black-and-white, mostly from photographs “specially made for this book by Inge Morath" and also from photographs by Galle, Chapresto and Nisberg. Issued as part of a landmark photobook series that also featured works by Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Werner Bischof.
An extraordinary presentation/association copy inscribed on the title page by Aubier to famed film critic and theorist André Bazin,“Pour André Bazin en son de fiesta y amistad [with the resonance of fiesta and friendship] Dominique Aubier”.
André Bazin (1918 - 1958), co-founded the influential film journal Cahiers du Cinéma, which was a major force in the development in French New Wave cinema, and for which Aubier was a contributor. In Cahiers, Bazin argued for films that depicted what he saw as "objective reality" and directors who made themselves "invisible". He advocated the use of deep focus, wide shots and the "shot-in-depth", and preferred what he referred to as "true continuity" through mise-en-scène over experiments in editing and visual effects -- the foundations of French New Wave Cinema. "Bazin and the Cahiers critics championed the artistic achievements of Hollywood directors like [Orson] Welles, John Ford, Howard Hawks and William Wyler at a time when Hollywood movies weren’t widely regarded as real art, even in Hollywood...More than anyone else, Bazin, writing from the 1930s to the 1950s, made it possible to take movies seriously as an art form and a field of academic study. It wouldn’t be going too far to call him the 'father of film studies'.” (Greydanus, NCR:09/16/2011).
A unique and important presentation copy.