Lot 179 of 446:
Early photo-illustration for the theater  

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Over 300 b&w reproductions of photographs, mostly full page, from the pages of Le Théatre, a turn-of-the-century French theater and fashion magazine



Manzi, Joyant & Cie



Approx. 300 loose plates and leaves illustrated with half-tones from photographs.

The first major photographic investigation of the theater. Among its special qualities was the use of instant photography during performances. The Editor, Michel Manzi, understood that instant photography in the theater allowed a perfect image not only of costumes and sets, but the gestures and physiognomies of the actors, and definitively fixed this thing so mobile that is the play of the scene. Each issue presented an early color photograph on the cover, as well as color and black & white photos inside, of major actors of the moment in their stage costumes, production photographs, scenes, auditions, backstage, etc. Le Theatre was the first major photographic general survey on the theater - These documents form a unique panorama of the history of the Theater and costume at the beginning of the XXth century.

Lot Amendments

A few with chips and tears; very good overall.

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