East 100th Street. Photographs by Bruce Davidson. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1970. Unpaged. First edition. SIGNED on fly leaf. Squarish quarto. Photo-illustrated wrappers. Wrappers. Numerous full page half-tone reproductions.
East 100th Street in Harlem was one of New York's most neglected and infamous neighborhoods at the time that a young Davidson began to regularly visit and photograph with his 4x5 camera. As controversial and groundbreaking as when it was first published, Davidson's document of life in Harlem is one of the truly essential photodocumentaries. Portraying neither victims nor heros, his portraits reveal the complexity of poverty. Throughout this concisely edited book there is an obvious sense of respect and an unsettling eroticism. The images descry hardships yet evoke a stirring dignity. Beautifully, richly printed on a semi-gloss paper, the impression that this First Edition gives is quite different from its reprint.
A Very Good copy with typical yellowing to wrappers; some rubbing and light water damage to rear wrapper; repaired hinge is starting.