THE FIRST THING TO SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THAT IT NOT A FACSIMILE OR REPRINT OF KLEIN'S 1956 ORIGINAL EDITION. The Errata Books on books format is to present out-of-print (and therefore rare or expensive) photo books by carefully scanning the original and presenting every page in reduced sizes. The pages reproduced in this book are the same quality as the original only smaller. Some reviewers think these page look like photo copies, they would think the same if they saw the real book. The other books in the series (this is number five) have drawn some negative reviews because the format wasn't clear to buyers. I'm never going to own a copy of Klein's fascinating New York book but at least I'll know what was on each page.
I liked the presentation of the original book in these pages: sometimes it is two spreads to a page; one to a page or one spread over two pages. Either way I enjoyed Klein's playful sizing and placing of photos creating an editorial pacing that he thought reflected the cities energy.
The printing is on a good matt art, with an impressive 250 screen, that does justice to the high contrast gutsy photos in the original. The contrasty look was due to the Swiss printer offering a limited choice of black or grey ink (it's worth knowing that there are several types of black ink as there are dozens of different white papers).
Despite the impressionistic nature of Klein's photos and their dazzling pacing through the pages he did manage to provide captions. I never knew this but the original had a fourteen page booklet of captions and bits of pictorial Americana, attached by twine to the book. This booklet is also reproduced here (in red and black) and I just wonder how many of the original book, selling for hundreds of dollars, still include it.
The back of the book includes a 1980 essay about Klein by Max Kozloff from Artforum and a piece by Jeffrey Ladd on the production of the original French edition. Incidentally Klein redesigned his masterpiece in the nineties with more shots and pages but unfortunately he made all the photos cover each spread and had them bleed off the page. This, I feel, makes it an entirely different book to the 1956 one, copies of this are pretty expensive, too.
***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'cusomer images' under the cover.