The Old Man and the Sea.

"the most difficult man I ever photographed": Signed Limited Edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; one of 600 copies signed by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt

The Old Man and the Sea.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Photogravures by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Introduction by Charles Scribner.

Item Number: 98486

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1990.

First Limited Editions Club limited edition of Hemingway’s Nobel Prize-winning masterpiece, signed by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. Oblong quarto, bound in one quarter morocco over cloth-covered boards, illustrated with five photogravures by Alfred Eisenstaedt printed from the original negatives by Eisenstaedt in 1952 for the Life Magazine featuring the iconic image of Hemingway on the cover. One of only 600 copies signed by Alfred Eisenstaedt on the limitation page, this is number 5. In fine condition. Housed in the original black suede-lined cloth clamshell case with The Limited Editions Club newsletter dated June 1990 laid in.

In a career that lasted more than 50 years, German-born American photographer and photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt achieved fame as "the quintessential Life photographer", producing more than 90 cover photographs for the iconic magazine (New York Times). An enthusiast for small 35 mm film cameras, Eisenstaedt's style and technique allowed him to create more relaxed atmospheres when shooting famous people where he was able to capture more natural poses and expressions. His success at establishing a relaxed setting for his subjects was not without difficulties, however, during the epic photo shoot of Hemingway in his boat for the Life Magazine story of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway was rumored to have ripped off his own shirt and threatened to throw Eisenstaedt overboard. "He was," Eisenstaedt once said of Hemingway, "the most difficult man I ever photographed."

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