Portfolio, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Alexey Brodovitch)


We remember sitting in a lecture by Doug Scott and learning about Portfolio. It seemed like something we would never find—and certainly never acquire. But somehow we did both and it is one of the things we love sharing with students. We have never regretted getting our copies. Art directed by Alexey Brodovitch, every page is remarkable. Every spread is balletic. This is the second, hard-to-find issue, with the lovely paste-up of Charles Eames’s design for a kite on the cover. Loaded with all sorts of weird and wonderful and dazzling illustrations and arrangements. One of the highlights of 20th-century publication design. 

  • Editors: George S. Rosenthal and Frank Zachary
  • Size: 10 × 13 inches
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Condition: Interior is generally clean. The cover is soiled and dinged—but in a way that one would expect for a magazine that’s been around for almost three-quarters of a century. The lower half-inch of the spine is partially missing, but the whole is structurally sound.
  • Publisher: Zebra Press, 1950