PHOTOGRAPHS by WALT ODETS 1967-2009 **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** Three Photo Books in Slipcase
Photographs by Walt Odets 1967-2009. Three Photography Books in Slipcase: FIFTY SEVEN AMERICAN PEOPLE / THINGS PEOPLE HAVE / DIVIDING SPACE.
Three matching softcover photography books, 8x9 inches oblong, each 57 pages, all 3 in a cardboard slipcase.
HAND SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by Walt Odets on the title page of the volume Dividing Space. Inscribed as follows: "For Florence / with MUCH appreciation / Walt / 5-10".
Self Published, Berkeley, California, 2010. FIRST EDITIONS, limited to only 1000 copies.
The three books are in FINE CONDITION, tight, bright, clean and clear. The slipcase is in VERY GOOD condition with some light signs of handling.
A lovely set of photography books by this noted photographer, psychologist, author, and gay rights activist; made special with the SIGNED INSCRIPTION.
About Walt Odets photography (from the Joseph Bellows Gallery website):
******Born in Los Angeles, Walt Odets began photographing at the age of 16. Odets received a B.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University and a M.A. and PH.D in clinical psychology from San Francisco's Professional School of Psychology. He has taught photography at Wesleyan University and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Odets' perceptive photographs of the American social landscape have been featured in numerous exhibitions and in 2007 he was awarded the James D. Phelan Award in Photography.
His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Oakland Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Yale University and the Stanford University Museum of Art.
He has published six volumes of photographs; Reconnaissance (1971), Other Evidence (1979), Illogical Possibilities (1983), Things People Have (2010), Fifty Seven American People (2010) and Dividing Space (2010).******
and a more complete picture of Walt Odets (from Wikipedia):
******Walt Odets, b.1947, is a clinical psychologist, photographer, and author who has written about the early development, psychological and social experiences of gay men and their communities. His earlier writing focused on the lives of men living in and surviving the early AIDS epidemic. The spring 1996 issue of Positive Impact Journal called Odets "an important voice in the AIDS education and prevention arena." Odets's 1995 study, In the Shadow of the Epidemic: Being HIV-Negative in the Age of AIDS, was listed by The New York Times as among the "Notable Books of the Year 1995." Additionally, In the Shadow of the Epidemic was the No. 1 bestselling book purchased by gay men in the late fall of 1995, according to The Advocate.
Walt Whitman Odets was born to playwright, screenwriter and director Clifford Odets and his second wife, actress Bette Grayson, in Los Angeles. The family moved to New York City in the summer of 1948. Odets and Grayson separated in October 1949 and were divorced in November 1951. In February 1954 Grayson died suddenly of pneumonia, leaving seven year old Walt and his disabled sister in the care of their father. Early in 1955 the truncated family moved back to the West Coast so that Clifford could return to screenwriting in order to make a living.
Walt attended Beverly Hills High School, during which time he developed a continuing interest in photography.
Clifford Odets died in Los Angeles in 1963 when Walt was sixteen. After his father's death, Walt frequently stayed in New York with his legal guardians, Lee Strasberg and Paula Strasberg. The Strasbergs were longtime friends of Clifford Odets, dating from the early years of the Group Theatre.******