First Edition and long out-of-print photobooks are becoming ever more collectible, and this is an especially stunning example showcasing great image-making by a truly great photographer.
Five Girls was a milestone in freeing nude photography from cliché and an immediate inspiration to many other leading photographers of the time, including Jeanloup Sieff, Wingate Paine and Helmut Newton.
In his original 1962 foreword Sam wrote: ‘Five Girls represents many things to me. A serious project that served as a clearing house for graphic ideas which were floating around in the back of my mind. A fun project which was a relief from highly disciplined advertising illustration. An opportunity to control the full cycle of an undertaking, from the first conception of the idea and choice of approach, through the photographic processes and selection of pictures, to the final detailed layout and design. I do not like to dream up explanations for my work. That is why this book is, quite simply, me – thinking pictures.’
Publisher: The Bodley Head London, 1965
Dimensions: 358 x 273 x 12 mm
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket and glassine wrap
Condition: Good, slight tear to the front of glassine wrap and bumped spine corners.
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