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Bruce Davidson: Subway (St. Ann's Press Expanded Edition)

Publisher: Los Angeles: St. Ann's Press, 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 097136818X
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 112113



First edition thus (originally published in 1986 by Aperture Foundation, Inc.), first printing. Hardcover. Fine gray cloth, with title stamped in black on front cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs, text, a technical note and edited by Bruce Davidson. Foreword by the original graffiti artist Fred Brathwaite (aka Fab Five Freddy). [New] Introduction by Arthur Ollman. Original essays from the 1986 edition by Bruce Davidson and Henry Geldzahler. Designed by Paul McMenamin at SPINE. 126 pp., with 102 four-color plates, beautifully printed on fine art paper by drukkerij Mart.Spruijt bv, The Netherlands, from separations made by John Robinson, HERLIN/GIST INC. This first St. Ann's Press edition was limited to 5000 hardbound copies. Out of print.


Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (some rubbing and shelf wear, else Fine).


From the publisher: "Since the ground was broken, New York City's subway system has been the stuff of legend as well as a source of inspiration and fear. Originally published in 1986, this dark, democratic environment provided the setting for photographer Bruce Davidson's first extensive series in color. Subway riders are set against a gritty, graffiti-strewn background, displayed in tones Davidson described as 'an iridescence like that I had seen in photographs of deep-sea fish.' Never before has the subway been portrayed in such detail, revealing the interplay of its inner landscape and out vistas. The images include lovers, commuters, tourists, families, and the homeless. From weary straphangers to languorous ladies in summer dresses to stalking predators, Davidson's compassionate vision illuminates the stubborn survival of humanity.

From the spring of 1980 to 1985, Davidson explored and shot six hundred miles of subway tracks. In his own words, 'I wanted to transform this subway from its dark, degrading, and impersonal reality into images that open up our experience again to the color, sensuality, and vitality of the individual souls that ride it each day.' Now nearly 25 years later, and on the eve of the subway's 100th anniversary, St. Ann's Press is publishing a new edition of Davidson's classic book. This edition adds forty unseen images to the original book, and includes a new introduction by Arthur Ollman of the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, and a foreword by Fred Braithwaite (aka Fab Five Freddy). It also includes Bruce Davidson and Henry Geldzahler's original essays."