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. What makes this a signal work of the genre is that Davidson was able to photograph the lives inside the tenements with an intimacy unmatched before or 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 St. Ann's 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?"--the publisher
A nice copy! Fine- in Near Fine acetate; typical tanning to board extremities; small chips to jacket at 'tips', with two tears of 1/2 in/1.25 cm.