Here we have an artist-signed copy of the accomplished and internationally celebrated photographer David Alan Harvey’s “Divided Soul” coffee table book, published by Phaidon Press. This 166 page volume contains over 100 Phaidon-quality full-color reproductions of photographs made throughout Mr. Harvey’s career, during his “thirty-year journey through the Spanish and Portuguese diaspora in the Americas.” As summarily stated in the book jacket, …Harvey explores the exuberance and incongruities of a life and culture that hold for him an endless fascination. The photographs are presented within thematic chapters, each of which is introduced by Harvey’s commentary. The passionate and divided soul of the Hispanic world, where tradition and ritual are inherent to everyday life, is revealed in Harvey’s evocative, and often contradictory images: a pulsating carnival in Cuba’s Trinidad, a fervent African tribal ceremony in Brazil, an erotic disco in Lisbon, a Whitsuntide procession in Andalucía and a first Communion in Mexico. Adopting an approach that combined intuition, patience and persistent curiosity – together with a rejection of cumbersome equipment – Harvey succeeds in minimizing the distance between himself and his subjects, producing images that capture the natural choreography of people within places that resonate with magic. With enough substance here to satisfy both the outsider’s curiousity and the insider’s nostalgia, this signed edition will make a welcome acquisition for any devoted follower of Harvey’s work, or anyone having a deep appreciation of Latin American culture. Book is in complete condition, with no rips or tears to the pages. Book jacket shows mild wear, consistent with age and handling. Notice the hardcover binding is very clean, but mildly bowed; item has been discounted accordingly. Likely the bow would flatten over time if stored properly with some weight on top of it but in any event the bow is minor and not objectionable.
Dimensions: 13&3/8″w x 9″l x 1″h 3lbs
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