Publisher: Los Angeles: St. Ann's Press, 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 109756
First edition thus, first printing (St. Ann's Press expanded re-issued edition, with 25 images added by Davidson that were not included in the original edition published by The Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1970). Signed in black ink on the half-title page by Davidson. Hardcover. Fine bone-colored cloth, with title stamped in black, and plate tipped in debossed front cover, with clear acetate dust jacket. Photographs, Preface and Afterword by Bruce Davidson. Foreword by Mildred Feliciano. Includes an interview with Bruce Davidson by Barney Simon, excerpted from "du Magazine," March 1969. 166 pp., with 149 tritone plates, beautifully printed on heavy stock fine paper by Trifolio, Verona, Italy. 12-1/4 x 11-1/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 3000 hardbound copies. Out of print. Scarce.
Near Fine in Near Fine acetate dust jacket (bump to crown of spine, not affecting plates, slight rubbing to acetate dust jacket, as is common to most copies).
From the publisher: "For two years in the 1960s, Bruce Davidson photographed one block in East Harlem. He went back day after day, standing on sidewalks, knocking on doors, asking permission to photograph a face, a child, a room, a family. Through his skill, his extraordinary vision, and his deep respect for his subjects, Davidson's portrait of the people of East 100th Street is a powerful statement of the dignity and humanity that is in all people. Long out of print, this volume is a re-issue of the classic book of photographs originally published in 1970 and recently included in The Book of 101 Books. This reprint includes over 20 new images not included in the original edition." Vince Aletti: "Davidson's strobe doesn't dispel the gloom or glamorize the ruin of the apartments, alleyways, storefronts, and rubble-strewn lots where people stopped to pose for him, but the rapport he established allows those people to surrender to the camera with their humanity intact." Bruce Davidson: "Like the people who live on the block, I love and hate it and I keep going."