Lens [published in]: Film Culture
Frank Kuenstler (contributor). "Lens" [published in]: Film Culture. No. 33. New York: Film Culture, [Summer 1964]. First edition. Quarto (10.5 x 8.125 inches; 266 x 207 mm.). 45, [1, blank], [3-10], 11-91, [1, blank] pages ("Lens" published without the two preliminary blank leaves and pages [1-2], with only a printed black circle, found in the separate edition). Full-page illustration on page ; eight double-sided plates with photographic illustrations, included in the pagination (pages 25-40). Publisher's side-stapled binding in the original wrappers; all edges of the text block trimmed; no endpapers. Spine very slightly askew, minor vertical crease down the backstrip; edges very lightly worn; faint pinkish discoloration and some light soiling in the margins of the rear wrapper. Very good. Subscription mailer laid in.
Lens was "[a] book so extraordinary that it was completely unnoticed at the time (of publication)" (Kostelanetz, A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, accessed online). zeltil, A Bibliography of Conceptual Writing, p. 95; Craig Dworkin (Senior Editor), Eclipse Archive, eclipsearchive.org.
Also features Andrew Sarris's "Waiting for Godard," in which he identified early what would eventually become self-evident: "[Jean-Luc] Godard seems to be emerging as the most important of the [new wave] directors;" announces Andy Warhol as the recipient of the sixth Independent Film Award (following Cassavetes, Robert Frank, Albert Maysles, Stan Brakhage and Jack Smith (and their collaborators)); articles by George Kuchar and Gregory Markopoulos; photos of Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, Naomi Levine, Josef von Sternberg and others. (#10077).