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Spotlight on Sixties Photography Books available at Firsts London

Posted on 15th May 2019

Dealers, photographers and collectors have arrived in London for Photo London at Somerset House which runs from 16 – 19 May so we’re turning our spotlight on the booksellers and the photography-related highlights they are bringing to the Fair this year.

Arresting editions from the Sixties which capture the creative dynamism of the time:

Foster Books (M04) is offering David Bailey’s Book of Pin-Ups (1965) which features 36 half-tone portraits - Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Terence Stamp are just a few.

Compellingly narrated by 93 well-known contributors, and a passion project for Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards contributed Forewords to Michael Cooper’s Blinds & Shutters (1990) offered by Marrin's (B07). Cooper (1941-1973) worked with the Stones on their iconic album artwork for ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’, as well as with The Beatles on ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’. Each limited edition copy is signed by Wyman and a variety of contributors such as Peter Blake, William Burroughs and Neil Aspinall. The presentation of the volume is designed to imitate the Kodak developing paper boxes, which would have been the stock used by Cooper.

Bailey’s Goodbye Baby & Amen: A Saraband for the Sixties (1969) can be seen on Paul Foster’s stand (E05). Illustrated through with mono photos, this is ex-Vogue Library copy has Bailey signing his own portrait as have two of his subjects – the Earl of Snowden, ‘Love Tony’, and Penelope Tree, Bailey’s one-time Muse and model. Peter Evans is the co-author and this volume includes the original dustwrapper which has a design by ‘psychedelic’ graphic artist Alan Aldridge, who also worked with The Beatles and The Who.

All information correct at the time of publication.