BIDDLE, Geoffrey. Alphabet City.

(Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA): University of California Press, 1992. First edition. Small oblong quarto. Unpaginated. Introductory essay by Miguel Algarin. This searing portrait of inner-city life takes us inside one of America’s deadly urban battlefronts—the Puerto Rican neighbourhood of Alphabet City on New York’s Lower East Side. With unnerving clarity, Biddle shows us the people who live there, summoning their spirit against the brutalizing conditions of poverty, joblessness, drugs, crime, and violence. Capturing life in this ghetto on film and in words with rawness and compassion, he shows the human toll of impoverishment and neglect.
In 1977 Biddle photographed the residents of Alphabet City for the first time. Ten years later, he returned to this same area and photographed many of the same people again, this time also interviewing them. Alphabet City is the result of those encounters. A very good copy in dust jacket.


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