Folio album of 10 leaves on cloth hinges measuring 13 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches, containing 19 dry-mounted gelatin silver photographs, 13 1/4 x 10 inches, or the reverse. The album is bound in full red calf and titled in gilt on the front cover. There is a slight bruise to the upper tip of several photographs. The upper and foredge of a smaller book has pressed a light outline into the front cover, and there is slight rubbing at the tips. A near fine copy. Item #53257
David O. Selznick, 1902 - 1965, was an American film producer, screenwriter and studio executive. Throughout his career, Selznick was the subject of numerous magazine articles and profiles, which put him in front of the camera of many well-known photographers - this album contains 19 such photographs. Of these, the first eight photographs are by Henri Cartier-Bresson, all made in Paris in 1957, and printed on a matte finish photographic paper; the next 2 are by Alfred Eisenstaedt showing Selznick holding the the film script for A FAREWELL TO ARMS, with stills from the film in the background; these are printed on a semi-gloss photographic paper and were published 1958 in LIFE magazine.
Although not signed or stamped by the photographers, these are widely reproduced images and credited to the respective photographers. The remaining 9 portraits, which are also not credited, are possibly by Cartier-Bresson and Eisenstaedt, but are less easily attributed.
It can be assumed that "Babe and Bill" are William S. and Barbara Paley, good friends of David O. Selznick and his wife, Jennifer Jones. Bill Paley, the chief executive of CBS delivered a tribute to Selznick at his memorial service and was one of his pallbearers.