Een Liefdesgeschiedenis in Saint Germain des Prés [Love on the Left Bank].
Amsterdam, De Bezige Bij, .
When Edward Steichen, who was in Europe at the time collecting photographs for his Family of Man exhibition, saw van der Elsken's photographs, he suggested that the photographer sequence them into a fictional narrative (beeldroman / photonovel). Van der Elsken took Steichen's advice and developed a story revolving around Anne (Vali Meyers) and a Mexican student named Manuel, who is in love with her. Van der Elsken's stream-of-consciousness style was an important influence on post-war European and Japanese photographers. This visual record of life on the left bank set a precedent for later generations of photographers, such as Christer Stromholm, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Nan Goldin, who would all work in a similarly diaristic way.
First edition; 8vo (263 x 190 mm, 10¼ x 7½ in); black-and-white photographs printed in offset, design by Juriaan Schrofer, minor toning to margins; black paper-covered boards, leaning, photo-llustrated dust-jacket, wear and creasing to extremities, several nicks some strengthened with tape on verso, a very good copy; pp.
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