Hardcover. Santa Fe, Twin Palms Publishers, 1st, 1997, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Like new in publishers shrink-wrap. Essay by Randall Kenan. A terrific collection of 78 gravure plates. Documentary photographer Norman Mauskopf delves into African American life in the Mississippi Delta. The book is a revealing chronicle of the shared rural and agricultural community that gave birth to the blues. From the cotton fields to juke joints, revivals to front-porch get-togethers, Mauskopf's exploration of this tradition-rich culture documents the many ways in which the African American community has drawn on the past, keeping intact its rituals and a way of life in the American South.
Hardcover. Chicago, University of Chicago Press , 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 364 pages, illustrated throughout in color. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara has been chronicling the neighborhood for forty-three years, and Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto is an unprecedented record of urban change. Vergara began his documentation of Harlem in the tradition of such masters as Helen Levitt and Aaron Siskind, and he later turned his focus on the neighborhood's urban fabric, both the buildings that compose it and the life and culture embedded in them. By repeatedly returning to the same locations over the course of decades, Vergara is able to show us a community that is constantly changing--some areas declining, as longtime businesses give way to empty storefronts, graffiti, and garbage, while other areas gentrify, with corporate chain stores coming in to compete with the mom-and-pops. He also captures the ever-present street life of this densely populated neighborhood, from stoop gatherings to graffiti murals memorializing dead rappers to impersonators honoring Michael Jackson in front of the Apollo, as well as the growth of tourism and racial integration. Woven throughout the images is Vergara's own account of his project and his experience of living and working in Harlem. Taken together, his unforgettable words and images tell the story of how Harlem and its residents navigated the segregation, dereliction and slow recovery of the closing years of the twentieth century and the boom and racial integration of the twenty-first century. A deeply personal investigation, Harlem will take its place with the best portrayals of urban life.