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Caffery, Debbie Fleming (Artist/Photographer); Daniel, Pete & Tucker, Anne Wilkes (Contributors). CARRY ME HOME: THE LOUISIANA SUGAR COUNTRY PHOTOGRAPHS OF DEBBIE FLEMING CAFFERY. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 136 pages. Fine.

The artist/photographer's breakthrough collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. The First Edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original that did not exceed 1000 copies. A hauntingly beautiful production by Debbie Fleming Caffery and Lisa Buck Vann: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Pictorial softcovers with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Debbie Fleming Caffery. Essays by Pete Daniel and Anne Wilkes Tucker. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents photographs from the heart of sugarcane country that have been compared to those taken on behalf of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the Great Depression. There is one crucial difference: Caffery has known many of the subjects since she was a child (she began taking the photographs as a student at Rice University). "The images convey the sense of mystery and foreboding that surrounds the sugarcane culture of South Louisiana. Figures rise out of smoke and fire. A documentation of a particular way of life that is likely to vanish soon and a testament to its enduring significance" (Publisher's blurb). Caffery has since produced two major collections, "The Shadows" and "Polly", which have cemented her international reputation and are in the same vein as the work in this prodigious book. Polly makes her very first appearance in a brief sequence of images, the embodiment of the sublime Negro spiritual's elegiac lyrics, from which the book borrowed its name: "Swing low, sweet chariot/Comin' for to carry me home". A masterpiece, this is a "must-have" title for Debbie Fleming Caffery collectors. This presentation copy is magnificently signed, dated, and inscribed in black fountain pen on the half-title page by the artist/photographer: "Best of luck with your work and with the precious time to do it. Debbie Fleming Caffery. April 10, 1992". The recipient is named. We have not seen a more unusually beautiful and distinctive handwriting (and inscription) than Debbie Fleming Caffery's. It can truly be said to be a work of art in itself. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Edition available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. 79 duotone plates. One of the finest living American artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DEBBIE FLEMING CAFFERY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0874743117. $200.00

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