New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's pictorially illustrated stiff paper wraps.
First edition of leading documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark's collection of 65 photos of the “internationally notorious” street of prostitutes called Falkland Road in Bombay. Less-expensive prostitutes live and work on the busy street lined with ground-floor viewing cages, from which “the cage girls do everything they can to attract then men: they beckon and shout and grab them: sometimes they pull up their skirts and make obscene gestures.” In late 1978, Marks spent six weeks befriending the people of Falkland Road until she was able to earn their trust enough to begin photographing their intimate and raw world. In her introduction Marks describes the street’s different groups and their roles, including the mother-daughter relationship between a madam and her girls, the presence of transgender brothels and how the community deals with pregnancy and abortion. Published simultaneously in hardcover. Light rubbing to extremities, shallow tear to rear free endpaper, corners bumped. Very good. Item #3043