East 100th Street. Photographs by Bruce Davidson. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1970. Unpaged. Large square quarto. First Edition. Stiff photo-illustrated. 123 duotone reproductions.
A classic book of social documentary, shot with a view camera in the late 1960s East Harlem, NYC. 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. ncluded in both The Book of 101 Books and The Open Book
"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
Near Fine+; moderately age-darked; light edge wear.