New York 1975

by Bevan davies




New York 1975 by Bevan Davies. This is number 252 from an edition of 350 signed numbered slipcased copies. Signed by Bevan Davies to a label tipped in to the back cover. No markings. The book is in new condition. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.

About New York 1975

This is Bevan Davies‘s second monograph in the NZ Library Series. New York, 1975 is a powerful companion book to Los Angeles, 1976 which we have in stock here. Both volumes present comprehensive important bodies of work that was influential, widely exhibited and collected at the time it was made. However, it has not published in book form until now. New York, 1975 opens with an insightful essay by Joshua Chuang.

From the Introduction by Joshua Chuang

“For New Yorkers, 1975 was a particularly bleak year of a tumultuous decade. The city was on the verge of insolvency, mired in a national recession and also reeling from the flight of the middle class to the suburbs. Twenty percent of the public workforce was laid off while rates of crime and drug use soared. So, in these relentlessly frontal, clear-eyed pictures, indications of a grim reality are everywhere to be found in the form of sordid surfaces, improvised signage, cracked windows, and dissident scrawls. When the photographs in this book were first exhibited in 1976, their formal austerity and apparently neutral stance invited comparison with the contemporaneous work of Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and other photographers featured in the seminal 'New Topographics' exhibition. Distance, however, has revealed their concerns and temperament to be more akin to those of Marville or Atget, both of whom had a special feeling for the life and death of buildings (and thus of place), or Walker Evans, whose pictures Lincoln Kirstein praised for their clear, hideous and beautiful detail, their open insanity and pitiful grandeur.’”

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