A Loud Song. Photographs and text by Daniel Seymour. Lustrum Press, New York, 1971. Unpaged. Squarish quarto. Saddle-stitched. Stiff illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white illustrations. Included in both 802 Photo Books. A selection from the M+M. Auer Collection and Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book
Dedicated to his father the photographer Maurice Seymour. This personal photo autobiography was the first book by Lustrum Press. Founded by Ralph Gibson and funded in part by Seymour, Lustrum published the first US edition of Robert Frank's The Lines of My Hand, Tulsa by Larry Clark, etc. A Loud Song is a landmark book in the new personal documentary style that was emerging in the early 70s: these latter books as well as Vagabond, Paper Negative and Bill Burke's books all owe something to A Loud Song. Seymour was a friend and neighbor of Robert Frank's on the Bowery in New York. They worked together on a number of projects. The last being Frank's film on the Rolling Stones: "CS" Blues. Shortly after the filming was done Seymour was killed on a sail boat in the Caribbean.
Fine-; light rubbing and a bit of age-darkening.