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The Sound I Saw: Improvisation on a Jazz Theme

DeCarava, Roy

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ISBN 10: 0714841234 / ISBN 13: 9780714841236
Published by Phaidon Press Limited, London, 2003
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Folio - over 12" - 15" Tall (small). 200pp. b/w photos throughout. First edition of this classic photographic monograph, featuring portraits of various jazz musicians mostly in the New York area, taken in the 1950's and early 1960's; with the photographer's introductory text, commentaries and afterword. A Very Good copy (top edges bumped) in a Very Good rubbed dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 00522683

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Title: The Sound I Saw: Improvisation on a Jazz ...

Publisher: Phaidon Press Limited, London

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Conceived, designed, written, and made by hand as a prototype by master photographer Roy DeCarava (b. 1919) in the early 1960s yet unpublished for nearly half a century, The Sound I Saw has largely existed, until now, as a legend among the cognoscenti of the photography world. Presented as a stream of 196 soulful images interspersed with DeCarava's own evocative poetry, the book is, in its form and effect, the printed equivalent of jazz.

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Let legendary photographer Roy DeCarava lead you through the dark, moody, and exciting world of New York jazz in the 1960s. Photographed 30 years ago and not published until now, The Sound I Saw is a saunter through a poignant period of New York musical history and life experience. Vacant lots and sweaty musicians dot a cultural landscape that looks as if it's going to burst at the seams. The beautiful black-and-white images simultaneously capture hard and luscious life in the city. Lonely figures abound, on park benches, street corners, stages, and subways. The music appears and strives to make intense connections with the surrounding world. A delirious trumpet player works so hard you can almost feel him move the camera. This beautiful coffee-table size book has one striking picture after another, each capturing heartfelt experiences of life in the great city. From jam sessions to candy stores, the streets of New York appear choreographed to reveal the depths of the human spirit. --J.P. Cohen

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