Thursday, October 15, 2009

Harlem Black Angels.

Harlem Black Angels. Photographs by Ruiko Yoshida. Text by Hajime Kishida. Kodansha, Tokyo, 1974. Quarto. Black-and-white reproductions. Text in English and Japanese.

"Ruiko Yoshida's photographs of Harlem in the early 1970s brilliantly capture various aspects of the culture and the times, showing a side of the U.S. that she felt her Japanese contemporaries knew little about.

In the process she created a compelling work that offers an incisive critique of racial hierarchies in the U.S. that, despite its deeply felt humanism, is missing from Bruce Davidson's East 100th Street."

This book is almost impossible to get hold of. It's currently available through auction on photo-eye (auction finished on Sept 30th, but reserve was not met).

Description of this particular copy:

"First edition. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Original acetate jacket and printed obi (belly band). An unusally fine copy of a scarce volume complete with scarce acetate and obi; some minor rippling to wrappers due to shrinking of acetate; almost impossible to find in this condition."

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