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Cianni, Vincent. WE SKATE HARDCORE: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM BROOKLYN'S SOUTHSIDE. New York City, NY: New York University Press, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most brilliant photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Vincent Cianni and Yolanda Cuomo: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Vincent Cianni. Text by the photographer and various other skateboarders. DVD enclosed in its own slipcase that is pasted on the back endpaper. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated and uncoated stock papers to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Vincent Cianni's "We Skate Hardcore: Photographs From Brooklyn's Southside". Stunningly beautiful photographs of skateboarders at ease and in flight. "Reveals the determination, the dreams, and the rough-and-tumble story of urban Latino youth coming of age in New York City. Cianni spent eight years photographing and documenting a group of Latino skaters in the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Weaves together images of the skaters with their own words, showing the skaters' struggles to find a place to skate and build skate parks, and just to survive in the city. In the evacuated industrial spaces of their neighborhood, the skaters carve out places for enjoying their sport and showing off their skills, often thwarting established rules and authority figures in the process. Their stories are both personal and resonant. They reflect the trials and tenacity of a young urban culture as well as life in Southside's Latino community. Includes DVD with footage of the skaters featured in the book" (Publisher's blurb). "You see their desire for life, family, home, and community, to move forward, and to become someone. You also see in these bold as well as intimate portraits, scenes, action shots, and still-video sequences, the life, blood, spirit, conscience, pride, and zeal of young skaters" (Review Quotes). An absolute "must-have" title for Vincent Cianni collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Vincent Cianni. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. 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. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0814716423. $70.00

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