Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 113591
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by Jay. Hardcover. Black cloth-covered boards with title stamped in gray on cover and spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text by Bill Jay. Unpaginated (52 pp.), with 20 duotone and 20 four-color plates. 9-1/8 x 6-5/8 inches.
New in publisher's shrink-wrap (slit open for signature).
From the publisher: "In 2003 Bill Jay moved to a small seaside town in Southern California. It is a laid-back, tolerant kind of place where an assortment of ex-hippies, surfers, bikers, Vietnam vets and old men make the beach and the alleys their home. His daughter, regarding his new surroundings, remarked: 'You fit right in here, Dad, there are a lot of old geezers here who look like you.' In other words, over-the-hill, sartorially challenged men with abundant facial hair. So began the wonderful project that is Men Like Me. But these are not voyeuristic images snapped by a detached observer. There is a great deal of warmth and respect in these pictures, and a humor that conveys the spirit of both the photographer and the photographed. Whenever possible, Jay gave his 'sitters' a copy of their portrait; one day he was led to an alley room near the beach, often used as a refuge. There were all the prints, taped to the wall for an exhibition self-deprecatingly entitled 'The Wall of Shame.' An immensely readable introductory essay by Bill Jay tells the rest of the story."