Frizot, Michel, & Cedric de Veigy
- VU The Story of a Magazine
Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 2009.
Quarto; hardcover; 320pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Published between the years 1928 to 1940, this weekly magazine covered an eclectic range of subjects including politics and current events, social issues, discoveries, disasters, the arts, sports and entertainment. It used photomontage as a vehicle for pointed political or social criticism, in particular through the work of Alexander Liberman, who was art director from 1932 and had worked with Cassandre, who designed the Vu logo. The printing technique known as rotogravure gave VU's layout artists more creative leeway and gave new power to the work by photographers including Kertesz, Man Ray, Krull, Lotar and Brassai. Vu was where the modern status of photography in the media was first established; it was where pictures first took precedence over words, and where text was relegated to a supporting role.
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