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American Pitbull - SIGNED 1st Edition/1st Printing: Frey, James;Joseph, Marc

American Pitbull - SIGNED 1st Edition/1st Printing

Frey, James;Joseph, Marc

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ISBN 10: 3882439149 / ISBN 13: 9783882439144
Published by Steidl, 2003
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Very Good condition 1st Edition/1st Printing *SIGNED* by the photographer, Marc Joseph, on the half-title page without inscription. No dust jacket as issued. The photographs in this amazing volume give equal weight to the personalities of the dogs and their owners, and for the most part, steer clear of any stereotypes the reader might have about either creature. This copy has a handwritten inscription on the first free endpage, is otherwise spotless inside and out. There is one shallow dent in the top edge of the front cover, and another in the bottom edge. Two corners are lightly bumped, and the lower left corner of the back cover is severely bumped. Some pages also have mildly bumped corners. No other flaws. We will pack it in bubble-wrap and ship it in a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery. Bookseller Inventory # ABH491

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Title: American Pitbull - SIGNED 1st Edition/1st ...

Publisher: Steidl

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Mainstream media coverage of Pit Bull dogs and the people involved with them is commonly negative and oversimplified so as to focus on dog related violence on humans (including many breeds), and other criminal activity, sometimes drug and gang related. Public opinion in the United States and Europe has been uniformly shaped by this portrayal.
American Pitbull is a photographic exploration into the culture of American Pit Bull dogs and their people, presenting an alternative view of the controversial world revolving around a uniquely American breed of dog and the human beings that live for them.
Over a three-year period photographer Marc Joseph traveled the United States photographing Pit Bull dogs, their owners, breeders and "old time dog men," at their homes and yards, and during various events related to the breed. The relationships formed with his subjects have helped Joseph to gain full access to a culture known by few outside of their specific community.
The fanatical, almost religious devotion that Pit Bull people attribute to their breed is clearly portrayed in Joseph's pictures. Issues of identity are addressed through elements of image, race, pride and background, while the photographs simultaneously serve to further an understanding of our perceptions of unconditional love, beauty, danger and strength. Themes of family and shelter are prominent; throughout the series a cast of characters emerges, themselves defining the context of the book.
From the elder-statesmen of the Pit Bull world in New England and the Southern United States such as Louis B. Colby and Floyd Boudreaux, to new-school giants the Hip-Hop music scene on the East and West coasts, such as Big Boi from Outkast, and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill, American Pitbull clearly goes to the heart of what and why people feel so strongly for these dogs.
Writer James Frey A Million Little Pieces( Nan A. Talese / Doubleday) contributes an historically informative and personally sensitive essay, that, along with Marc Joseph's photographs, may well change a few minds on this, most misunderstood of all of man's best friends.

About the Author:

MARC JOSEPH was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been making pictures since his father presented him with the gift of a camera, at age 17. After college and a year in Paris, he relocated to New York City in 1987, where he now lives and works. American Pitbull is his first book.

JAMES FREY is the author of the memoir A Million Little Pieces, a New York Times bestseller that was named the best book of 2003 by It was subsequently published in thirty countries and became a bestseller around the world. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he and his family live in New York City with their two dogs, one of which is an American Pit Bull Terrier. His latest work, My Friend Leonard, is published by Riverhead.

CORY REYNOLDS served as editor of the monograph, Peter Halley: Maintain Speed, and is the former editor of Index Magazine, where she interviewed Abel Ferrara, Isabel Huppert, Jurgen Teller, and many others.

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