Dialogue with Solitude. Photographs by Dave Heath. A Community Press Publication, Distributed By Horizon Press, New York, 1965. Unpaged. Quarto. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions. |
Dave Heath's seminal photobook A Dialogue With Solitude, published in 1965, was the product of 10 years work. It went on to become one of the most important photo books of the sixties. Made up of eighty-two black-and-white photos and quotes, it shows Heath's dark and poetic vision of existence: "Photography is like making diary notes, that are inspired by my involvement in life," he has said. "The sequence of my photos create a poetic structure, a connecting link, that does not develop in chronological order or is narrative in structure like a visual story, but is emotional in development. When one image is connected to another, it creates a feeling that has a greater effect than each image alone."
"Working under the heady influences of Robert Frank, Aaron Siskind and Eugene Smith, Heath forged a style that felt at once intimate and reportorial… Dialogue with Solitude is a period piece that resonates, said the Village Voice at the time of its publication. As Parr and Badger write, "few [photographers] have attempted such a programmatic exploration of the psychology of emotion and the human psyche..."
Fine in Near Fine+, price-clipped dust jacket; 3/4" closed tear rear panel; rubbing and moderate wear to extremities; tiny chips at head and tail of spine.