PHOTOGRAPHY: Lighting and Composition

New York: Visual Art Publications, circa 1945. Enlarged Edition. Spiral bound. This copy is inscribed by actor and comedian Paul Reubens (1952-2023) to his friend, acclaimed fashion photographer Herb Ritts (1952-2002), on the title page. Ritts produced a number of portaits of Reubens portraying the character Pee-wee Herman, including the cover shot for the July 1987 issue of Interview magazine.

Like Ritts, the German-born photographer Bruno Bernard rose to prominence in Los Angeles, and is best known for his for pin-up and glamour photography of Marilyn Monroe and others. In the early 1950s, Bernard fought obscenity charges that ended with a case in the U. S. Supreme Court. He submitted as part of his defense a letter from then-General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was a fan of Bernard's pinup photography. The letter thanks Bernard for the morale-building effect of his pinups during World War II.

Oblong quarto: [56] p. with photographs throughout. Also includes the [8] p. insert: Figure Composition by Jack Hanley. Original printed paper wrappers, with a coiled wire binding. Perhaps a source of inspiration, pages 3-4, 29-30, and 39-40 missing, with portions of pages 37-38 and 47-48 clipped out. A clipping, likely from page 29-30, is laid in. Some general edgewear to the wrappers. Item #76692

Price: $500.00

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