New York: Da Capo Press, 1976. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps lettered in black.
First edition of downtown photographer Hujar's first and only photobook, with 29 black-and-white plates of a coterie of friends, artists and writers, including Fran Lebowitz, John Waters, Paul Thek, Divine, William S. Burroughs, Anne Waldman, John Ashbery, Anita Steckel, Ray Johnson, and others, all taken in 1974-75. In counterpoint to the portraits is a suite of 11 photos Hujar shot inside the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo in 1963, after winning a Fulbright grant. "We no longer study the art of dying, a regular discipline and hygiene in older cultures; but all eyes, at rest, contain that knowledge. The body knows. And the camera shows, inexorably" (from Sontag's introduction). Published simultaneoulsy in hard cover. Light wear to extremities, a few small stains to upper wrap, some toning to lower wrap and wrap versos. Very good overall, scarce. Item #538