“A HUMANE, DEMOCRATIC HAVEN OF BREATHTAKING BEAUTY”: CENTRAL PARK, SIGNED BY BRUCE DAVIDSON
DAVIDSON, Bruce. Central Park. (New York): Aperture, (1995). Oblong quarto, original half green cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $800.
First edition of Davidson's revealing photo documentary on Central Park, boldly signed by him on the half title, with 92 black-and-white photographs (20 double-page).
"What Davidson was looking for, as his pictures have always shown, was a kind of awkward human beauty" (Frizot, 652). In Central Park, Bruce Davidson's images reveal a "humane, democratic haven of breathtaking beauty and ecological secrets, as well as a site for wondrous adventures… Here he intuitively discovers a multiplicity of mysteries, eccentricities, and characters that together reflect the vibrant and complex city of which the park is the heart and soul." Preface by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers; commentary by Marie Winn.
A fine copy.