Moments Preserved: Eight Essays in Photographs and Words
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960. First Edition. Tall quarto (33cm). Original cream linen boards, lettered in black on spine; publisher's photo-illustrated slipcase; 183pp (chiefly illus). Typical light soil to boards; backstrip slightly darkened and spotted; internally fine and in an attractive, lightly edge-rubbed slipcase. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with estate label tipped on to front pastedown. Penn's first published monograph, now recognized as a mid-century landmark among photobooks. "...Moments Preserved gathers Penn's vast variety of enthusiasms...Penn reinvented the classic daylight studio portrait for a more casual time, undercutting its formality but heightening its potential as a revealing performance" (Roth 101, pp. 158-159).