FIRST FRENCH EDITION OF BRUCE DAVIDSON’S PHOTOGRAPHS
DAVIDSON, Bruce. Photographies. (Paris): Chêne, (1979). Oblong quarto, original half cream cloth, original pictorial dust jacket. $350.
First edition in French of Davidson’s “complex portrait of longing, anxiety and alienation,” with 116 striking full-page duotones. From the collection of photojournalist Peter Turnley.
“Through the exploration of contemporary life in all its variety, Bruce Davidson’s early innocence has evolved into a sympathetic realism… If it is with both difficulty and serendipity that the distilled image is achieved, it is an inspired and monumentally human stumbling to which we are witness, a stumbling upon profound truths” (Henry Geldzahler). Photographies, is a select retrospective of Davidson’s oeuvre. “Taken as a whole, Davidson’s powerful and poignant images form a complex portrait of longing, anxiety and alienation. His work asks us to consider how we can find beauty, meaning and understanding in the lives of others, including those who are troubled or in crisis” (International Center of Photography). First published in English in 1978. Text in French. See Roth 196; Parr & Badger II:18. From the collection of Peter Turnley, acclaimed photojournalist for Newsweek, Life and Harper’s Magazine, who has covered “almost every important international news event of the last 15 years” (New York Times).