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Kerry William Purcell

Phaidon Press, 2002
272 pages
275 colour, 75 b&w illustrations.
ISBN: 0714841633

Alexey Brodovitch (1898-1971) is a legend among graphic designers. A Russian who fled the Bolshevik Revolution and eventually settled in Paris and then New York, Brodovitch was one of the pioneers of graphic design in the twentieth century. He was the art director of Harper's Bazaar for two decades (1934-58), designed and produced several exquisite and highly collectable books with collaborators such as Richard Avedon and Andre Kertesz, was a talented photographer himself, and through an informal class called the Design Lab in New York, trained a younger generation of photographers and designers who went on to become famous artists and art directors in their own right.

This book is a comprehensive monograph on Brodovitch's life and work, drawing from interviews with a wide range of colleagues and collaborators, and never-before-published archival material to offer an analysis and appreciation of Brodovitch's unique and lasting contribution to the visual arts.


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