New York: Hill and Wang, 1967. 1st Edition Thus. Octavo, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
First Hill and Wang reissue of DeCarava and Hughes photo-poem collaboration, originally published in 1955 by Simon and Schuster. DeCarava was a relatively unknown photographer when he met Hughes–an already well-established poet–while photographing on the street. Hughes helped get DeCarava his first book deal with Simon & Schuster under the publisher's condition that Hughes would write accompanying text, resulting in this pioneering photobook. Hughes writes about 1950's Harlem through the voice of Sister Mary Bradley, a grandmother, as she describes the everyday lives of the black community around her. DeCarava's black-and-white photos capture the neighborhood's varied textures and the effervescent influence of the Harlem Renaissance. Resisting explicit politicization that comes with documentary photography, DeCarava firmly identified himself as an artist working to upend traditional and racist portrayals of black Americans in the mainstream media. In 1952, DeCarava became the first African American photographer to receive the prestigious Guggenheim fellowship for his photos of Harlem. Issued simultaneously in hardcover. Some rubbing to wraps, light fading to spine. Very good. Item #2406