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Schapiro, Steve (Photographer) & Hickey, Dave (Contributor). STEVE SCHAPIRO: AMERICAN EDGE. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 198 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

The photographer's debut retrospective collection. Now considered a late-modern photography classic. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by David Fahey (Fahey/Klein Gallery), Elsa Kendall, and Betsy Katz: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Steve Schapiro. Essay by Dave Hickey. Pictorial front and back endpapers and opening suite of photographs. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Steve Schapiro's "American Edge". Some of the great photographer's finest and most representative images. These are searing images fit to stand beside such classics of documentary photography as Walker Evans' "American Photographs" (1938), Robert Frank's "The Americans" (1959), and Diane Arbus' posthumous MOMA retrospective, "Diane Arbus" (1972). Individually and collectively, the images offer a singular vision of the fractured fabric of modern American life. Steve Schapiro travelled with Bobby Kennedy during his Presidential campaign and with writer James Baldwin through the American South. He also covered the New York art scene, documenting Andy Warhol's Factory as well as the hippie and protest movements sweeping the universities, which culminated in the riots of 1968. On the one hand, his photographs subtly yet unmistakably reveal the disparity between Rich and Poor as well as deep racial and class conflicts. On the other hand, they also capture the American Middle Class (the single greatest achievement of American democracy and human history itself), its materialist desires, and its countervailing progressive ideals. These Schapiro themes eerily resonate to this day in the aftermath of the Great Recession, more so than ever. Among the women and men photographed are Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ike and Tina Turner, Simon And Garfunkel, Robert Rauschenberg, Janis Joplin, and Andy Warhol. Very few people know it, but the indelible still images of such films as "The Godfather", "Midnight Cowboy", and several Barbra Streisand album covers were all conceived and taken by Steve Schapiro. His work has finally earned a wider, more serious audience than it has received, and this book has been instrumental in that respect. An absolute "must-have" title for Steve Schapiro collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker by Steve Schapiro. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. 200 plates. One of the finest living American photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEVE SCHAPIRO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1892041316. $100.00

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