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Daiter, Stephen (Publisher) & Bey, Dawoud (Photographer). DAWOUD BEY: HARLEM REDUX. Chicago, IL: Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2016. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 18 pages. As New.

Landmark Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Exhibition Catalog is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by The Stephen Daiter Gallery: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers, as issued. Photographs by Dawoud Bey. Brief Epilogue. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at The Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago from September 9 through December 3, 2016. Presents "Dawoud Bey: Harlem Redux". Large-scale street photographs that mark a departure for the photographer, who has long been noted for his portrait work. "Erase-and-replace" is the memorable phrase for gentrification, which appropriately enough, describes Bey's radical artistic turn as well. It also marks his return to the community that was the site of his first completed project, "Harlem, USA" (1975-1979). "Before he was born, Bey's parents met and lived in Harlem. Some forty years later, the artist returned to photograph the neighborhood, a response to a sense that its unique character and identity are in flux. In these new images, Bey shows Harlem in transition, once vibrant and celebrated, giving way to a more gentrified and homogenized present. Intent on depicting this change as it takes place, 'Harlem Redux' seeks to answer the question: What does a community look like while undergoing such a dramatic transformation?" (Publisher's blurb). "I returned to visualize a Harlem in the midst of profound change. Due to increasing gentrification, demographic shifts are permanently altering the social and physical landscape, bringing both new amenities and population displacement, resulting in a radical reshaping of the built environment. I've adopted a more open-ended strategy for making the work. Rather than beginning with a particular formal or conceptual framework in place, I have let the circumstances themselves guide my choices and ultimately shape the work. This has resulted in a varied group of pictures that work together to form a larger narrative about absence, memory, change, and loss" (Dawoud Bey). An absolute "must-have" title for Dawoud Bey collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Dawoud Bey. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This Exhibition Catalog is an instant collectible. It is neither a full-fledged book nor a monograph, but it is very beautifully produced. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. 12 color plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAWOUD BEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $40.00

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