DAVIDSON, Bruce. East 100th Street.

(Cologne): Verlag Locher, 1999.  First edition thus.  Quarto.  47 pages.  Text in German and English by Davidson with Barney Simon.  A nice edition of Davidson’s classic work in which he photographed one Harlem street, East 100th, between 1966 and 1968.  His primary intention was to improve the housing situation for its residents, many of whom were living in crumbling tenement buildings.  The images are indicative of Davidson’s moral vision. The subjects are almost always looking at the camera; challenging the viewer to hold their gaze and consider their desperate circumstances.  Davidson’s pictures, though specific to a particular street in a particular moment in history, captured a “mood” that is timeless.  This a near fine copy in glossy boards without dust jacket as issued.  Signed by the photographer on the title-page.


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