New York: Viking Press, 1968. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's white cloth, spine gilt, aqua blue endpapers, original dust jacket.
"And darkness piled upon darkness / Until the very blackness of it / made light." Collection of photos and poems by renowned photographer, cinematic pioneer, writer and activist Gordon Parks, published shortly before his major Hollywood film debut The Learning Tree. The film was the first Hollywood production to be made by a Black artist. While Parks's best known photo work might be the humanitarian photojournalism he produced as a staff photographer at Life magazine, this more experimental collection combines abstract compositions with multiple exposures of people, animals, landscapes and towns. Illustrated with color photos. Bookseller stamp to lower pastedown. 1968 date stamp to rear flap fold of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #2236