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Roma, Thomas (Photographer); Mailer, Norman & Coles, Robert (Contributors). ENDURING JUSTICE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY THOMAS ROMA. New York City, NY: PowerHouse Books, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 180 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

Landmark collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the new century. Limited Edition of 80 numbered and signed copies. A handsome production by Thomas Roma and Marvin Hoshino: Oversize-volume format. Deep blue silk cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Thomas Roma. Foreword by the great American novelist Norman Mailer, who has famously fought for prisoners' rights throughout his activist life. Introduction by Robert Coles, one of the finest living child psychiatrists, the first psychiatrist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the United States Government bestows on individuals for their outstanding achievement. 8 X 10 inch original silver-gelatin print encased in its own glassine sleeve and laid into the book. Matching slipcase with metallic-silver titles on one side. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents the American photographer's finest collection, austere and unforgettable photographs of mostly very young men and women accused of committing crimes and awaiting trial. Some of them are shown with their loved ones and family members. All of the accused were awaiting trial at the Brooklyn Criminal Court, where Thomas Roma patiently waited for fourteen months, between December 1997 and February 1999, to take his pictures. Although some of the subjects were aware that they were being photographed, most are snapshots, and those that are portraits were not staged. Most of the subjects are not looking directly at the camera, are looking away or their heads are bowed, none of which is surprising because, whether one is guilty or not, to be accused is to be shamed. The individual "loses face", and these quietly beautiful photographs show us exactly what a person who has lost face looks like. The collection is reminiscent of (and clearly influenced by) Walker Evans' seminal classic, "Many Are Called", rather than say, Danny Lyon's "Conversations With The Dead" or the more recent "One Big Self" by Deborah Luster. The last two books captured prison life, one pessimistic and dark, the other hopeful and compassionate. Roma's project is much more ambiguous. None of his subjects has been convicted of any crime yet. It is therefore deeply disturbing that one feels they have already internalized their shame, and have to endure what is unmistakably the inhumanity and "facelessness" of the justice system. No one condones crime, but at least on paper, no one should condone injustice, either. A photographer of some of the most stunning landscape and portrait work of his generation ("Sunset Park" and "Higher Ground"), this collection, in its unsentimental simplicity, piercing gaze, and genuine humane-ness, is Thomas Roma's single finest body of work. "In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls" (Lenny Bruce). A "must-have" title for Thomas Roma collectors. This copy is one of a Limited Edition, indicated as such on the original 8 X 10 silver-gelatin print that is prominently and beautifully numbered, dated, and signed in pencil on verso by the photographer: "Thomas Roma (Limitation Number) 1998". This is the only copy of the Limited Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 82 plates, 1 original print. One of the finest living American photographers. A flawless collectible copy. . ISBN 1576871029. $250.00

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