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Bey, Dawoud (Photographer); Witkovsky, Matthew S. & Rhodes-Pitts, Sharifa (Contributors). DAWOUD BEY: HARLEM, U.S.A.. Chicago, IL: Art Institute Of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 80 pages. As New/As New.

Exhibition Monograph. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most important photographic projects of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Dawoud Bey: Oversize-volume format. Black hard boards with white titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Dawoud Bey. Text by various contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Art Institute of Chicago from May 2 through September 9, 2012. Presents Dawoud Bey's "Harlem, USA". "In 1979, when Dawoud Bey showed twenty-five photographs at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the exhibition offered a young artist's vision of a moment in the neighborhood's life. Published here as a complete set of 34 images for the very first time, 'Dawoud Bey: Harlem USA' includes five previously unpublished photographs from the same period. Bey's vintage images are given new context in an Essay by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, who undertook her own fascinating study of Harlem in 2011. Bey, who grew up in Queens with family roots in Harlem, has become one of most widely-acclaimed portraitists of the contemporary scene. Provides a wonderful opportunity to revisit a classic portfolio of images that still resonates in today's culture" (Publisher's blurb). Dawoud Bey has now been making portraits for almost twenty-five years. He works exclusively in color today, making his debut sequence of black-and-white Harlem photographs unique in his considerable body of work: Powerful, intimate portraits that achieve a delicate and masterly balance between formality and spontaneity. An absolute "must-have" title for Dawoud Bey collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Dawoud Bey. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 34 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAWOUD BEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0300181264. $100.00

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