Sunday, 22 March 2009
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
Mary Osborne, Vi Redd and Dottie Dodgion photographed by Tom Marcello.
Today at work (I can almost afford a bus pass again) I was cataloging a number of rare and interesting books, and spent some time with a 1955 edition of the Langston Hughes/Roy DeCarava collaborative book, The Sweet Flypaper of Life. It tells the story, written by Hughes, of one woman's life in Harlem in 1955. Here is an example:
You can buy it from Donlon Books, if you're like, loaded. But some more images, with the bold front cover, are here. I thought I'd also post the first photograph, by Tom Marcello, with links to the amazing Vi Redd and Mary Osborne, who I've been listening to recently. I like this photo a lot, it's almost a bit Olympia '91, sort of...