Cesaretti, Gusmano Street Writers: A Guided Tour of Chicano Graffiti, 1975, 1st Print, RARE

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Cesaretti, Gusmano Street Writers: A Guided Tour of Chicano Graffiti. Los Angeles: Acrobat Books, 1975. 
English, first printing, Good softcover, 4to, 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", unpaginated.

Good, stated first printing softcover square 4to, 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", white wraps featuring Cesretti's black-and-white image Two Kids, Arroyo Seco River to front, portrait of Cesaretti to back panel. Some soiling, mild, and edgewear to wraps, bruising to head at back, "$3.95" stamped ink ink to lower corner of first page. Clean interior, binding starting but all pages present.

Considered to be the first book published on street art subculture, this photo essay developed when Italian photographer Gusmano Cesaretti became fascinated with the unique style of Chicano graffiti that was evolving in East Los Angeles. He teamed up with graffiti legend Chaz Bojorquez, who explained the evolving language among the local street artists as they toured the neighborhood. Cesaretti recorded Bojorquez as he shot photos, transcribing his words and forming them into the accompanying text. This book was out of print for decades and reprinted in 2021 by Arte Povera Foto Books. Rare in the trade, an essential addition to any street art or Chicano studies library.  

 

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