Petzold, Paul & Young Freddie The Work of the Motion Picture Cameraman
Publisher: Focal Press, London & New York;
Date of Publication: 1972
Stock Code: 3746
FIRST EDITION. ASSOCIATION COPY with Archive. Octavo. 245 pp. Numerous monochrome photographic plates plus diagrams and line drawings in text. Book Condition: Very Good. Jacket Condition: Very Good. Publisher’s red cloth with gilt titles to spine in unclipped pictorial dust-jacket. Cover cloth rubbed at corners and spine tips; jacket spine sunned with nicks & creases top edge; corners a little bumped. Gift inscription to cinematographer David Samuelson from the Author to half-title dated 1972; Samuelson’s bookplate to ffep, featuring the first known illustration of a Projection Screen, and typed letter taped to front pastedown from the publishers, in response to the Author’s request to send Samuelson a copy upon publication. In addition a number of items are loosely inserted : a 3-D lenticular photograph of Freddie Young, labelled in ink to rear, with his three Oscars; 35mm photographic negatives of Young and his son on set shooting The Battle of Britain in 1970; two Orders of Service for Young’s memorial service in 1998 in which Samuelson gave the second reading, together with a printed copy of the heartfelt Tribute on 2 sheets of A4 paper; a signed menu for Young’s 90th birthday dinner which was hosted by Michael Samuelson Lighting at Pinewood Studios and at which Samuelson read the Tribute, inscribed to Samuelson and his wife Elaine and signed Freddie and Joan; Samuelson’s invitation to the Press Launch of the book in 1972; 4 sheets of A4 paper printed recto only, referring to the work of the Andor Kraszna-Krausz foundation and its connection to Focal Press; 8 A4 sheets printed recto only which are printouts of emails responding to news of Young’s death and include addresses and tributes from other luminaries of the movie world like digital artist and photographer Feliciano di Giorgio and director Kurt Rauf. Freddie Young is widely regarded as one of the greatest cameramen of all time and is best-known for his triple Oscar winning work on David Lean’s productions of Ryan’s Daughter, Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia. Young was responsible for the iconic scene in Lawrence of Arabia in which Omar Sharif emerges through a mirage; this film inspired Steven Spielberg to take up film making as a career. Young was awarded an OBE in 1970 for his services to the film industry and was the first English director of photography to shoot in wide-screen cinemascope. Young was a close friend and colleague of Samuelson for many years and this association is borne out by this very personal archive.