New York: Thames and Hudson, 1989. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, french flaps.
Magnum photographer Webb's second book, a series of vibrant color photos depicting the brief period of Haiti Libéré immediately following the overthrow and departure of dictator Jean-Claude "baby Doc" Duvalier. Webb made multiple trips to the island during the Duvalier regime, but his work took a more journalistic turn as the country plunged into violent turmoil during its struggle to transition to a democratic government. "What I saw in March 1986 and on subsequent trips to Haiti Libéré was the sad and vibrant Haiti I had always known, but with a curtain pulled back, the curtain that had inhibited speech. It was a time that the political scientist Leslie Manigat–later president of Haiti–has referred to as a 'moment of nudity,' when the skeletal structure of Haitian society is suddenly revealed...Now, in 1988, the curtain is almost closed again, or has closed; in retrospect it was never open very wide, but in the early months of 1986 anything seemed possible." Light rubbing to wraps. Near fine. Item #2133