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Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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The size of the book is right, and no images run in the gutter, a pet peeve.
In the front of the tome, you get a history of Dave Heath that helps give you insight into the man. After a full, rich collection, including the out of print book, "Dialogue With Solitude" you also get a an insight into the man as a photographer and artist.
Do not pass this up before it goes out of print. I have only done one pass with it, and know that many more are ahead. Michael Torosian has been a maker of fine books for years, and his involvement in the is one, assured quality. It does not disappoint. If you care about photography, and want to make a discovery, buy this book.
The book is about as good as it gets. They must have been inspired by the depth of Heath's prints. DH was a friend of "Gene" Smith and it shows. He took the darkroom about as far as anyone has. Heath's print of the picture reproduced on p.159 - *Subway, NYC, 1957* - is IRL 3d, tactile, real. You don't quite get that from the book but it comes closer than almost any other I've seen.
Some images are more enjoyable in the book than they were at the exhibition, e.g. p164, - *New York City, 1960* - the priest walking by the man sleeping on the sidewalk. At the museum the print was matted such that it cut off part of the priest's foot. At that time I thought it was part of the thing that I still don't grok from the late '60's - mid-'70's where photographers seemed obsessed with touching a subject's foot to the bottom of the camera frame. Nope it was just careless curatorship or editorializing or whatever - it's the not print that Heath made, anyway....
IDK I have nothing really critical to write about this book. It's as close to flawless as you'll get in this world....
OK here's one. The cover is richly textured fabric - apt for the artist featured. Mine is already pretty dingy from handling. It could use a dust cover.
That's all I got. Great book. Stop reading reviews and just buy it. You're welcome.