Title: CARRY ME HOME: THE LOUISIANA SUGAR COUNTRY ...
Publisher: Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 136 pages. Published in 1990. The artist/photographer's breakthrough collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. The First Softcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original that did not exceed 1000 copies. The First Edition is now rare. A hauntingly beautiful production by Debbie Fleming Caffery and Lisa Buck Vann: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Pictorial softcovers with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Debbie Fleming Caffery. Essays by Pete Daniel and Anne Wilkes Tucker. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Debbie Fleming Caffery's "Carry Me Home". A masterpiece. Photographs from the heart of sugarcane country that have been compared to those taken on behalf of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the Great Depression. There is one crucial difference: Caffery has known many of the subjects since she was a child (she began taking the photographs as a student at Rice University). "The images convey the sense of mystery and foreboding that surrounds the sugarcane culture of South Louisiana. Figures rise out of smoke and fire. A documentation of a particular way of life that is likely to vanish soon and a testament to its enduring significance" (Publisher's blurb). Caffery has since produced two major collections, "The Shadows" and "Polly", which have cemented her international reputation and are in the same vein as the work in this prodigious book. Polly makes her very first appearance in a brief sequence of images, the embodiment of the sublime Negro spiritual's elegiac lyrics, from which the book borrowed its name: "Swing low, sweet chariot/Comin' for to carry me home". An absolute "must-have" title for Debbie Fleming Caffery collectors. This copy is magnificently signed, dated, and inscribed in black pen on the half-title page by the artist/photographer: "Best of luck with your work and with the precious time to do it. Debbie Fleming Caffery. April 10, 1992". The recipient is named. We have not seen a more unusually beautiful and distinctive handwriting (and inscription) than Debbie Fleming Caffery's. It can truly be said to be a work of art in itself. This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Softcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 79 duotone plates. One of the finest American artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DEBBIE FLEMING CAFFERY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0874743117. Bookseller Inventory # 7793
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