2005. Portfolio. (48 x 33cm) Nine (9) Archival photographic color prints. Decorative japanese paper wrappers. Printed color label. Nine plates signed with plate number on verso. Very Fine. Item #111
In 1958, Dave Heath, had his first solo photography show in a beatnik hangout frequented by Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Young and self-taught, Heath had taken his first photographs in the 1940s but began to coalesce his approach to photography as a combat soldier in the Korean War. A good review from "The New York Times", after his first showing was the beginning of a new way to live for Heath whose Dickensian life began as an unwanted orphan. Known primarily as a street photographer, Heath's photos are snapshots of the human condition - a fragile and lonely condition often portrayed in close-ups of strangers caught at a moment of personal awkwardness and conflict. Influenced by his mentor, W. Eugene Smith, Dave Heath's photographs can now be found in the collections of many museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beginning in the 1970s, and until his death in 2016, Heath taught photography and lived in Canada, ultimately becoming a Canadian citizen. Primarily a black and white photographer, in 2001, Heath began producing digital color photography. This portfolio, was compiled by the artist himself, in 2005. Each original plate was hand-selected and each are signedand numbered by Dave Heath and formally wrapped for presentation. Excellent portfolio, lovingly presented and preserved.