Edited by Albert Mentzel & Albert Roux.
Paris. Forme - Editions d'Art Graphique et Photographique. 1935. First edition. Spiral-bound with card covers, with a photograph by Man Ray to front board. Unpaginated [22 pages]. 96 photographic heliogravure plates. 315 x 250mm (12½ x 9¾"). 1.1kg. . English. Near fine; very light shelf wear, rubbing to corners of front cover, crease to front cover along spiral binding, short crease to top forecorner of rear cover; internally excellent, a very well preserved copy of a fragile title.
A scarce photo book, illustrating a collection of photographs of the nude figure by the great modern photographers of the 1930s. The aim of the editors was to promote photography of the nude as an artistic form. Andreas Feininger, Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Verneuil and others provide statements on their own techniques and styles. Amongst the photographers contributing the 96 images are Brassai, Caillaud, Dritkol, Feininger, Raoul Hausmann, Florence Henri, Andre Kertesz, Herbert List, Dora Maar, Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray and Verneuil. Significantly it is the first work to contain the male nudes of George Platt Lynes. The graphic cover featuring Man Ray's photograph is a fantastic blend of text and form.
[Bertolotti. Books of Nudes. p.74-75; Auer. 802 Photo Books. p.227]