Ed Van der Elsken Hripsime Visser

Ed Van der Elsken (1925-90) was one of the most vibrant documentary photographers of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Inspired by Weegee's book Naked City, his pictures often dwell on the darker side of human existence. In 1950 he moved from his native Holland to Paris where he created, Love on the Left Bank, his most celebrated work. Photography is the visual medium of the modern world. It pervades our lives and shapes our perceptions.

55 is an ongoing series of beautifully produced, pocket-sized books that explore all aspects and styles of photography. They celebrate the world's most important photographers from the spheres of art, photojournalism, science, street photography, fashion photography and travel photography.

Each volume of 128 pages focuses on an individual master's life work and its development. It features 55 of their key works presented chronologically with an accessible introduction and critical commentaries, telling both the photographer's story and the story of the world that shaped their views.

At specially low prices, 55 paperbacks offer an irresistible look at modern life from some of the greatest ever photographers.

Specifications:

  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 156 x 136 mm (6 1/8 x 5 3/8 in)
  • Pages: 128 pp
  • Illustrations: 11 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714840772

Hripsime Visser is a curator at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She has organized many exhibitions and written widely on the work of contemporary photographers such as Lewis Baltz, Gabriele Basilico and Thomas Struth.

'Elegantly designed, beautifully printed ... and sensitively laid out ... the choice of images is irreproachable ... Even if the series were to stop dead right now, it would already merit an honourable mention in publishing history ... the temptation to keep on collecting the whole set will no doubt afflict many.' (Independent)

'Phaidon 55s are handsome, pocket-sized editions with - you guessed it - 55 key works of one of the 20th century's iconic photographers. And because they cost just £4.95, the idea is you can take them - and even leave them - anywhere: on the table in the coffee shop, or poking suggestively out of your corduroy jacket pocket.' (Financial Times)

'The books are aimed beyond the 'photography buff' to a wider audience. Photography fans won't be disappointed, though: each book contains 55 images, so there's space to include lesser-known gems among the classic.' (Independent on Sunday)