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American Edge (CL)

by Steve Schapiro, Dave Hickey

About this title: For the very first time, American Edge brings together ninety of Schapiro's searing images, which can only be described as reportage in the classic tradition of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Diane Arbus. Schapiro's photographs of the 1960s show the collective American psyche torn apart by the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Vietnam, and the Civil Rights movement. The photographer traveled with Bobby Kennedy during his presidential campaign, and with Bobby Kennedy during his presidential campaign, and with writer James Baldwin through the American South. Schapiro covered the New York art scene, documenting Andy Warhol's Factory, and culminating in the riots of 1968. AMERICAN EDGE reveals the increasing disparity between the rich and poor, racial and class conflict, and the burgeoning American middle class and its materialist desires. Counted among the countless women and men portrayed are Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, IKE and Tina Turner, Simon and Garfunkel, Robert Rauschenberg, Janis Joplin, and Andy Warhol. AMERICAN EDGE represents a major rediscovery of one of the most talented documentary photographers of the late twentieth century.

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