East 100th Street. Photographs by Bruce Davidson. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1970. Unpaged. Large quarto. First Edition. Hardbound in acetate dust jacket. Tipped in cover reproduction. 123 duotone plates.
A classic book of view camera work made in the late 1960s in New York City's East Harlem. Bruce Davidson was able to photograph the lives inside these tenement buildings with full trust, producing an intimacy in the work unmatched before that time and matched by few since. The duotone reproductions on semi-gloss, heavy paper stock are beautifully rendered dark and rich, making this book far different in feel from the 2003 reprint.
"The images descry hardships yet evoke a stirring dignity. Most difficult perhaps are the images of children. Turn to page 19 and look closely. Gently holding a dead pigeon in his hands, the young boy's eyes carry the pain of one that cares desperately about even the smallest living creatures. Is not one of the roles of image-making to remind us of feelings as pure as this?"--from the publisher of the 2003 reprint
Nice Copy!! Slight loss to acetate at crown of spine (about 1 1/4" sq.); trace of soiling to front cover; else Fine- in Near Fine+ acetate.