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Under a Grudging Sun : Photographs From Haiti Libere 1986-1988

Alex Webb

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ISBN 10: 0500275440 / ISBN 13: 9780500275443
Published by Thames & Hudson, New York, 1989
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Under a Grudging Sun : Photographs From ...

Publisher: Thames & Hudson, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Photographs depict conditions in Haiti immediately folliowing the departure of dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier, including the desperate poverty and the violence surrounding the disastrous November 1987 election

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Magnum photographer Webb visited Haiti at several intervals in the past decade and a half, observing radical shifts in that island's political fortunes, from the brutality of "Papa Doc" Duvalier's regime to the brief freedom following his downfall to a military coup and government-controlled "elections." But, meanwhile, Webb also looked carefully at Haiti's everyday colors and textures, sounds and smells. His 58 color photographs, taken during 1986-88, are vibrantly physical evocations of wind and light brushing against scenes of extreme human privation. Some pictures are gently elegiac: a plantation house dwindling into decay; a waterfall where people bathe, savoring a reprieve from heat and dust. A portrait of four schoolboys saying prayers, each using his own gestural language, offers a striking oasis of calm. In pictures of political victims--whose martyrdom speaks for itself--Webb wisely refrains from editorial comment or compositional cleverness. His attention to the details of a hardscrabble peasant existence, though compromised by the voluptuous glamour of a few images, generally stays true to the workaday energy of Haitians, held tragically in check.
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