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Webb, Alex. UNDER A GRUDGING SUN: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM HAITI LIBERE 1986-1988. London, England: Thames And Hudson, 1989. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 86 pages. Fine. Signed.

Landmark collection of color photographs. One of the most important photography books of the 20th century. The First Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run simultaneously in the United States and United Kingdom as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Alex Webb: Oversize-volume format. Glossy red pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine and very large flaps, as issued. Photographs and text by Alex Webb. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Alex Webb's "Under A Grudging Sun: Photographs From Haiti Libere 1986-1988". Unforgettable images of Haiti following the chaotic collapse of the Duvalier dictatorship. All of the photographs are in Caribbean sun-drenched, insufferable light. "Webb had made several trips to Haiti before Duvalier left, but when he first returned during 'Haiti Libere', he was struck by a new sense of freedom, an openness among the people. Here in photographs is the story of that period, when some of the poorest, most oppressed people in the Western Hemisphere had hope for democratic reforms. And here is the tragic dashing of that hope and the horrifying and violent chaos that enveloped Haiti. Webb's masterful photojournalism does not so much bring us 'the news' as it brings us into the news: Into the streets, markets, and harbors, and into the lives of the people" (Publisher's blurb). The definitive book on the Haitian Revolution is said to be Danny Lyon's "Merci Gonaives", a collection of stark black-and-white photographs named after the town where the rebellion against the Duvalier dictatorship began. Other books on Haiti (such as Bruce Gilden's) have also become landmarks in the history of photojournalism. Alex Webb's deeply personal account is, in many ways, the most intimate, complex, sympathetic, and visually, the most arresting of them all. As a serious photographer who works in color, Alex Webb has few peers. His unerring eye for color, compositional brilliance, and admirable composure in the face of his often harrowing subject, the chaos called modern life, are regarded by many commentators and admirers as being on the same level of achievement as Miguel Rio Branco, one of the greatest Latin-American photographers of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Alex Webb collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Alex Webb. 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 Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 59 color plates. Winner of the Overseas Press Club Award in 1980. Recipient of the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000 and the Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas in 2009. One of the greatest photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEX WEBB AND MIGUEL RIO BRANCO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0500275440. $150.00

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