GNote: This is a Library Bound copy. Cover was cut and taped for hard cover binding.
Some library stamps on pages other wise a nice copy. No smells or must/smoke odor.
Cover has some slight creasing. A MAGAZINE FOR THE GRAPHIC ARTS. Frank Zachary [Editor], Alexey Brodovitch [Art Director]. Frank Zachary [Editor], Alexey Brodovitch [Art Director]: PORTFOLIO.Cincinnati: Zebra Press, Volume 1, Number 1, Winter 1950. Face-stitched with perfect-bound wraparound thick wrappers.
Elaborate graphic design throughout on multiple paper stocks and various printing effects. Black covers show a clean crease paralleling the spine.
Scarcest of the three issues published in this magazines' short lifespan. A good or better example.
10 x 13 edition with over 100 pages of the finest editorial graphic design of all time. Portfolio is generally regarded as the high-water mark for American Editorial Graphic Design, and this issue spotlighting the work of E. McKnight Kauffer, Richard Avedon and Paul Rand shows you exactly why. Brodovitch's refusal to allow advertising to mar the flow of this magazine led to its quick demise: only three issues were published from 1950 to 1951. These magazines are extremely rare and seldomly surface in today's market.Truly a high point of American Graphic Design. McKnight Kauffer: Poster Designer: includes many poster and sketchbook designs. Xerography: New Visual Effects with Powder and Electricity. Trademarks by Paul Rand: short article with bound-in booklet featuring 12 trademarks.
The Good Looking Package: includes 6 bound-in giftwrap paper samples. The Gift to Be Simple: Shaker design. Photography in Fashion: Portfolios by Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. News Portfolio: Record album cover art by David Stone Martin; designs by Bradbury Thompson, Paul Rand, Alvin Lustig; Knoll Furniture sales brochure by Herbert Matter; miscellaneous designs by A.
Cassandre, Jean Carlu, Raymond Loewy, Le Corbusier, Ben Nicholson, Kasimir Malevich and others. A passionate teacher of graphic design, advocate of photography and collaborator with many prominent photographers, Brodovitch is often credited with having a major influence on the acceptance of European modernism in America. His use of assymetrical layouts, white space, & dynamic imagery changed the nature of magazine design. He was responsible for exposing everyday Americans to avant-garde artists by commissioning work from cutting-edge artists such as Cassandre, Dali, Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, etc.Portfolio' is considered Brodovitch's greatest achievement-- although short-lived, the magazine captured the dynamic work of some of his emerging star students from his famous Design Laboratory, including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Art Kane. The list of contents and contributors for Portfolio magazine reads like a guest list at some great event hosted by an enlightened art patron.
Producing a magazine is not unlike giving a party -- the editor-in-chief has to be a good master of ceremonies. Like Brodovitch, Zachary likened publication design to cinematography, where the pacing of visual sequences plays an important role. Art directing and editing are one and the same thing -- you have to keep your eye on both the visual and verbal narration line.You have to tell two stories, one in words, one in pictures, completely separate -- but like railroad track, leading to the same place. Zachary recounted to Martin Pedersen in Graphis Publications Zurich, Graphis Press Corp. " was Brodovitch's often quoted exhortation to students attending his "Design Laboratory classes over the years.
From the Russian ballet master Sergei Diaghilev, with this charge, Brodovitch indeed set in motion the application of the modernist ethos to American graphic design and photography. Brodovitch's legacy was given a boost by the publication of a major monograph on his work in 2002 by Phaidon. The Phaidon book reproduces every single page of each issue of Portfolio-- a very unusual tribute.
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