Burdekin, Harold and Morrison, John.


Collins ... 1934.
1st Ed. 4to. [x]pp. 50 blue photogravure plates. Night ills., original gilt lettered japon with gilt stars to upper board, minor browning, spine sl. bumped intruding sl. onto head of upper board. Scarce limited edition. No. 22 of a Specially bound Limited Edition of 150 copies signed by the photographers. Harold Benjamin Burdekin (1899-1944). Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, 1931. Founder Fellow of the Institute of British Photographers, 1939. The above is his first published work. He and his wife were killed by a falling bomb in London in 1944. ‘A remarkable book of night photographs of London that was at least in part inspired by Brassai, who had published the first book ever of night photographs, Paris de Nuit, just the year before. In London Night, Burdekin is credited as the photographer, and Morrison as the assistant and author of the accompanying essay ... Despite remaining largely unknown, the art of London Night represents one of the finest collections of night photographs of the 20th century. The images are technically perfect, and the compositions are balanced and hold the viewer’s attention, leading the viewer into this dreamy world of shadows.’ Lance Keimig.
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