Bitzer, G.W. Introduction by Beaumont Newhall.
Title BILLY BITZER: HIS STORY.
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [New York], (1973), Ist printing.
Seller ID 9803
266 pp, large 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. Many b&w photographs. "Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer - Billy Bitzer to the world of film - was one of the first and greatest men to stand behind a movie camera. The early Biograph films, one of the hi gh marks in the history of photography, were his work. Bitzer, who was at Biograph before D.W. Griffith, taught the novice director and learned from him; together they made an unbeatable team. With Griffith, Bitzer went on to the superb, Brady- l i k e Civil War camera work of 'The Birth of a Nation', the spectacular photography of 'Intolerance', and later triumphs. - His autobiography, which has never before been published, is presented as he wrote it, vivid and straightforward in express io n, e xpert in the knowledge and lore of a craft in which he was a pioneer, and a pleasure to read. - The appendix contains the first complete Bitzer filmography." Top corner of boards and second half of textblock bumped, minor shallow bump on f ore -ed ge of rear board. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light edge creases - mainly at top/bottom of flap-folds, 3/4" closed tear at bottom of rear hinge, minor rubbing. VG-/VG-