Cover image for Harlem on the verge
Harlem on the verge
Attie, Alice.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Quantuck Lane Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, [2003]

Physical Description:
120 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Format :


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F128.68.H3 A87 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
F128.68.H3 A87 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Oversize

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This collection of colour portraits documents both the people and buildings of Harlem on the eve of great change. Attie has produced a record of a world rapidly being lost as gentrification and the influx of chain stores are replacing small businesses, store fronts and other cultural identities.

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Booklist Review

Though insufficiently edited, Robin D. G.elley's introductory essay about these vivid and entrancing color photos radiates intelligent enthusiasm for Attie as a social documentarian who captures Manhattan's black and Latino city-within-a-city when it seems about to be transferred from its traditional, predominantly poor denizens to a bourgeoisie who may be multicultural but aren't and won't be poor.elley is very good at pointing out the traces of reconnoitering class imperialism (the scrawled Derrida amid other graffiti) and the poignant scrawlings (the moved-to message sprayed over an impromptu elegy) of indigenous retreat. But before or after seeing the photos withelley, peruse them for their formal properties, which are bold and masterly. Every composition is oriented upon a cross--a strong central vertical axis and a strong horizontal one above the center of the frame--though a visible crossing of two lines is seldom present; this property unifies the whole suite of photographs, and any symbolic accents it adds are usually pertinent. Illumination is equal throughout the frame, establishing a rock-solid ground on which the figures deploy and refusing to privilege any object in the frame. Colors are utterly equally weighed; no reds or yellows or blacks punch out or retreat from the eye. Image after image evokes the response, Man! That's a beautiful picture. Now look at the people and things Attie shows us. Unforgettable. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist