The Eye of Love. A Love Poem in Photographs by Rene Groebli

The Eye of Love. A Love Poem in Photographs by Rene Groebli
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The Eye of Love. A Love Poem in Photographs by Rene GroebliThe Eye of Love. A Love Poem in Photographs by Rene GroebliThe Eye of Love. A Love Poem in Photographs by Rene GroebliThe Eye of Love. A Love Poem in Photographs by Rene Groebli

Rene Groebli. Text by Basil Burton.

Published by the Press Centre Ltd. for Photography. London. Printed in Switzerland. 1954. First edition. English language edition. Photographic wrappers, with original printed glassine jacket. [31 pages]. 23 black-and-white photographs. English. 215 x 300mm. 0.35kg. . Very good, in good dust jacket; light shelf wear, glassine jacket has the occasional small tear with slight loss, a 30x20mm area of loss to lower edge of front glassine panel, tear to front glassine through the "Eye" of the title, repaired with tape; no inscriptions, clean internally.

Rene Groebli's seminal 1954 photobook, recording the romance and eroticism of his honeymoon. The Swiss photographer Groebli married Rita Durmuller in 1951, they honeymooned in Paris and Marseille and two years later he put together a sequence of photographs of Rita taken during the honeymoon. The intention was to create a photographic love poem to his wife. The resultant book was published in 1954 and concurrently in German under the title Das Auge der Liebe. Groebli's sequence of filmic images narrate a story of a one-night sexual encounter in a hotel room. The photographs follow an arc from clothed to nude and back to clothed. Published during the 1950s the book is an early artistic example of the sexaul revolution that was to transform society over the next couple of decades. It's balance between romantic love and eroticism and, at the time, pornography makes it a seminal photo book of the mid-twentieth century. The book has been republished in 2002, 2014 and 2017.

[Bertolotti. Books of Nudes. P.148-149; Auer. 802 Photo Books. P.350]

Price :  £500.00

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