In 1979, when African-American photographer Dawoud Bey showed twenty-five photographs at the Studio Museum in Harlem under the heading "Harlem U. S. A. ", the exhibition offered a young artist's vision of a moment in the neighbourhood's life. Published here as a complete set for the first time, "Dawoud Bey: Harlem U. S. A. " also includes five previously unpublished photographs from the same period. Bey's vintage images are given new context
in an essay by emerging African-American writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, who undertook her own fascinating study of Harlem in 2011. Bey, who grew up in Queens with family roots in Harlem, has become one of most widely
acclaimed portraitists on the contemporary scene. This handsome book, with faithful duotone reproductions, provides a wonderful opportunity to revisit a classic portfolio of images that still resonate in today's culture.