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Paul Himmel: Photographs

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The first volume devoted to his work to be published in more than forty years, and the first comprehensive retrospective monograph, this long-awaited book confirms Paul Himmel as a compelling and innovative image maker, and fills a serious gap in the history of modern photography. As a newly buoyant New York City emerged as an international art center in the 1940s, many of the great photographers of the latter part of the twentieth century were embarking on their careers. Paul Himmel was among those closely allied to this cultural firmament. A graduate of the Graphic Journalism class taught by the legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch, Himmel made an important contribution to photography, particularly in his brilliant, lively, and exciting motion studies.

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Paul Himmel took up amateur photography in 1931 and soon after had his own darkroom where he developed his prints. In 1932 he had begun a different career as a teacher, but by 1947 he was passionate about his hobby and worked until 1969 as a professional photographer. His career reached a high point: He was one of the featured photographers to work for both Vogue and Harper's Bazaar; a book of his ballet photographs was published in 1954; and shortly thereafter his work was featurerd in the pioneering photographic exhibition organized by Edward Steichen, Family of Man, at Asia House. Despite these successes, he decided to give up photography in 1969 and became a psychotherapist. Almost thirty years later, in 1996, he took the art world by surprise with an exhibition of his photographs in New York. Martin Harrison is a photo-historian, designer, and exhibition curator. Books published include Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1954 (Jonathan Cape, 1991), and Young Meteors: British Photojournalism 1957–1965 (Jonathan Cape, 1998). He has organized exhibitions for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Barbican Art Gallery in London, and for Bruce Weber at the 1996 Florence Biennale. Among many other essays, he contributed the text to the monograph on Lillian Bassman (Bulfinch, 1997). His most recent essay is on Francis Bacon (Faggionato Fine Arts, 1999). Paul Himmel's photographs are represented by the James Danzinger Gallery, New York. Foreword by Martin Harrison160 pages12.3 x 10.8 INOnly available on Assouline.com

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