Gordon Parks: Harlem. The Artist’s Annotations On a City Revisited in Two Classic Photographic Essays. Introduction & Interview by Michael Torosian. Lumiere Press, Toronto, 1997. 53 pp. Octavo (6 x 9 in./15.2 x 22.8 cm.) Limited edition of 200 hand-numbered copies. This copy SIGNED on half-title page. Quarter cloth bound. Printed label on spine. No dust jacket as issued. Two double-page duotone spreads which reproduce Park's original LIFE Magazine layouts. Two additional tipped-in varnished duotones. Frontispiece of the book, a self-portrait from 1940, is a tipped-in toned gelatin-silver print.
"Renowned in the history of American photography as the first black photojournalist at LIFE Magazine, Gordon Parks turned his camera to the American experience as he knew it and created documents of acuity and compassion that endure as definitions of his time. Nowhere is this more potently revealed than in his work in Harlem.
Gordon Parks: Harlem focuses on two landmark essays: Harlem Gang Leader (1948) and A Harlem Family (1968). In interviews conducted by Michael Torosian, Parks recalls the evolution of the essays, the mechanics of working on a story for LIFE, and the lives of the people he documented. The interviews are suffused with Parks' personal history, aesthetic and cultural development, and perspective on the city whose life he chronicled."--the publisher