Los Angeles: St. Ann's Press, 2003. Expanded edition. Oblong folio, publisher's grey cloth stamped in black, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Expanded edition of celebrated documentary photographer Davidson's gritty, humane photo-essay on the New York subway system and its riders in the early 1980s, inscribed on the half-title: "for Suzanna, Bruce Davidson." Originally published in 1986 following a 1982 exhibition at the International Center for Photography, this was Davidson's first extended foray into color photography: "In transforming the grim, abusive, violent, and often beautiful reality of the subway into a language of color, I see the subway as a metaphor for the world in which we live today. From all over the earth people come into the subway. It is a great social equalizer. As our being is exposed, we confront our mortality, contemplate our destiny...and as the train moves into the tunnel fluorescent light reaches into the gloom, and trapped inside, we all hang on together" (from Davidson's original 1986 essay, reprinted here). Illustrated with 102 full-page four-color plates (including 40 not previously published); with new introductory texts by rapper and graffiti artist Fred Brathwaite (aka Fab 5 Freddy) and photographer Arthur Ollman, and an afterword by Henry Geldzahler. One of 5000 copies, published simultaneously with a deluxe edition of 50 copies. Fine. Item #445