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Andre de DIENES "Rafu" - "Nude" 1954 Photobook


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Andre de DIENES, photographer. "Rafu" - "Nude." Japan: Ondorisha, 1954, First Edition, HB, 24 cm x 25 cm, 34 pp with 34 full-page b/w photos plus 5 pages of text in Japanese.

Bio: "The subject of a 2005 Twin Palms monograph, Andre de Dienes was born in 1913 in Turia, Transylvania (now Romania). He first came to fame as the photographer who discovered the young Norma Jean, a.k.a Marilyn Monroe. De Dienes had traveled throughout Europe and worked briefly in North Africa before arriving in Paris to study art. His early photographs were published in L'Humanite (a Communist newspaper) and he worked for The Associated Press until 1936. It was the famous Parisian couturier, Captain Molyneux who encouraged de Dienes to become a fashion photographer. He emigrated to the U.S. and settled in New York to work for Esquire, Vogue, Life and Montgomery Ward. His work on the female nude has been widely published (in over 20 books in the US, Japan, England and Germany). His work epitomizes the era of the pin-up. The women have the full-figured look of that time and there is an undeniably playful quality to the images."--Photo-eye

Perhaps Dienes' first solo hardcover publication in Japan. Though the settings, models and effortless artistry are familiar, the choice of photos for this collection are a bit on the sober side from what one is accustomed to seeing from Dienes. The emphasis is less on his trademark humor and joie de vivre but more on nude classicism - light, lines, form and composition.

Condition: Fairly Good for this book, binding has no loose pages and no pages have been stuck together by the Japanese humidity so the images are undamaged, foxing limited to the endpapers, outer boards have wear at the edges.

Shipping costs: Checkout settings are for International airmail "small packet" (available for packages up to 2 kg), delivery estimated at 5-8 days - $13.20. Two other shipping options are also available: Economy airmail shipping SAL (surface/air), delivery estimated at 2-3 weeks - $7.80; and International EMS (express mail service), delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $18.60 (USA), $22.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 675g.