Notes: The second African American photobook according to Carla Williams in her essay, The Black Photographers Annual in Aperture 223 (the first was Roy DeCarava's Sweet Flypaper of Life, in 1955). The author is a poet, photographer, filmmaker (The Black Indians of New Orleans documentary), and a professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He was a native of New Orleans who wrote about music under the pseudonym Marty Most.
This small volume combines Most/Martinez's poems and photographs, with additional illustrations by Frank Wyley, Janel Santiago, and Warren Parker. The photographs depict Mardis Gras scenes and Black musicians.
88 pages. Quite uncommon and little known. OCLC locates 15 copies in libraries.
Edition + Condition: First edition, first printing. A near fine copy in wrappers.
Publication: [New Orleans]: [the author], .
Item No: #360975