Title: ENDURING JUSTICE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY THOMAS ROMA...
Publisher: New York City, NY: PowerHouse Books, 2001
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 180 pages. Published in 2001. Landmark collection of photographs. One of Thomas Roma's finest achievements. Limited Slipcased Edition of 80 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade edition. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Thomas Roma and Marvin Hoshino: Oversize-volume format. Blue cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Thomas Roma. Foreword by the late great American novelist Norman Mailer, who famously fought for prisoners' rights throughout his activist life. Introduction by Robert Coles, one of the finest child psychiatrists of our time, the first psychiatrist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Original 8 X 10 inch photographic print encased in its own glassine sleeve and laid into the book. Matching slipcase with metallic-silver titles on one side. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Thomas Roma's "Enduring Justice". Perhaps the American photographer's single best collection: Austere and unforgettable photographs of very young men and women accused of committing crimes and awaiting trial. Some of them are shown with their loved ones and family members. All of the accused were awaiting trial at the Brooklyn Criminal Court, where Thomas Roma patiently waited for fourteen months, between December 1997 and February 1999, to take their pictures. Most of the subjects are not looking directly at the camera, are looking away or their heads are bowed, none of which is surprising because, whether one is guilty or not, to be accused is to be shamed (and even made to feel guilty). The individual "loses face", and these quietly beautiful photographs show us exactly what a person who has lost face looks like. Roma's project is ambiguous: None of his subjects has been convicted of any crime yet. It is therefore deeply disturbing that one feels they have already internalized their shame, and have to endure the inhumanity and "facelessness" of the criminal justice system. No one condones crime, but no one should condone injustice, either. An absolute "must-have" title for Thomas Roma collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the original 8 X 10 photographic print that is very prominently and beautifully numbered, dated, and signed in pencil on verso by the photographer: "Thomas Roma (Limitation Number) 1998". Please note: Thomas Roma signed the print that he produced, NOT the book itself, as is the practice of the publisher with its Limited Editions. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Limited Slipcased Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 82 plates, 1 original pigment print. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. ISBN 1576871029. Bookseller Inventory # 13268
Synopsis: Camping out in the Brooklyn Criminal Court building from December 1997 to early 1999, Roma, photographer and director of photography for Columbia University, talked to victims, defendants, trial witnesses and their families, and sometimes took their portraits then and there. The result is this collection of 83 duotones that give human faces to the application of the law.
About the Author:
As Norman Mailer writes in a short foreword, "justice comes to long dead hours sitting around," as the beleaguered visages and tired bodies here readily attest. As Robert Coles, Harvard social ethicist and presidential Medal of Freedom winner, puts it in an introduction, these photos show "the struggle of various Americans to find themselves, to get a grip on their emotional moorings, to steer clear of all sorts of perplexing and scary legal imperatives as they descend upon one's eyes, ears, thoughts, anticipations, expectations, amidst a series of events that have their own momentum, logic, prompt their own requirements, madness, obligations." That sentence's complexities perfectly reflect those of the photographs.
Thomas Roma, two-time recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships, has exhibited internationally, had one-man shows at The Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography, New York. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal. The Director of Photography at Columbia University, author of Come Sunday, Found in Brooklyn, Sunset Park, and Higher Ground, and founding contributing photographer to DoubleTake, Roma lives in Brooklyn with his wife Anna and son Giancarlo.
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