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Allen, James (Editor); Als, Hilton; Lewis, Jon; Litwack, Leon; Lewis, John (Contributors). WITHOUT SANCTUARY: LYNCHING PHOTOGRAPHY IN AMERICA. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 212 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark collection of "found" and "collected" black-and-white photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the new century. Limited Edition of 4000 copies. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. This edition also comes with a blood-red band, specially created for the inaugural exhibition in New York in 2000. An austerely elegant production by Arlyn Nathan and Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Maroon silk cloth boards with black titles embossed on spine, as issued. Vintage photographs selected by the editors. Edited by James Allen with contributions by some of America's leading scholars, historians, and photography experts. Red wraparound band with critical blurbs printed in black in front and on the back. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with large flaps and white titles on the spine, as issued. Presents the most harrowing and most compelling photographic document on one of the most shameful chapters in American history. The only poignant thing about this book is its title. Upon its quiet release in 2000, the shock and horror that greeted the book in stores and online have been unprecedented. The publisher's blurb and collation of excerpted reviews are exceptionally telling: "In the years before federal anti-lynching laws were passed, an enthusiastic reign of racial terror swept through America. Many people today, despite the evidence, will not believe, do not want to believe, that such atrocities happened in America not very long ago. These photographs bear witness to an American Holocaust. A great and terrible book. It's an album of peacetime atrocities, during which hundreds of Kodaks clicked. These images refute the notion that photographs of charged historical subjects lose their power. Instead they send shock waves through the brain, implicating ever larger chunks of American society" (Publisher's blurb and critical quotes). The Tuskegee Institute has records of the lynching of 3, 436 blacks between 1882 and the 1950's. This is a small percentage of the actual number of murders that occurred, which were seldom reported and eventually led to the creation of the NAACP, an organization dedicated to passing federal anti-lynching laws. Through all this terror and carnage, someone, often a professional photographer, carried a camera and took pictures of the event for souvenir-keeping rather than with an eye for posterity. The lynching photographs were made into postcards and sold briskly as souvenirs to the enthusiastic crowds in attendance. The photograph of two black men hanging from a tree surrounded by a large, all-smiles, all-white crowd is now considered among the most crucial pictures ever taken in the history of photography. A man is pointing an accusatory finger at the hanged men, as if to say, "This is the fate you blacks will meet and deserve". A record that can only be ignored or wished away at our grave peril. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings, an incredible feat for the book given its subject. This is one of very few copies of the true First Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online are of subsequent printings. A rare copy thus. 100 black-and-white photographic reproductions. "Without Sanctuary" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO "THE KILLING FIELDS" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0944092691. $250.00

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