Item description for Living Under South Street: Photographs of South Philadelphia by Jonathan Elderfield by Jonathan Elderfield, W. S. Di Piero, Murray Dubin, Rahaab Allana, Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Scott Preissler, Diane Thompson & Steve Thompson...
Showing Elderfield's distinct view of South Philadelphia, this book documents a big scope of "street life", ranging from snapshots to carefully composed pictures. These beautiful black and white photographs strike the eye because of their lyrical quality, which is enhanced and complemented by contemporary poems. Due to this interdisciplinary conception, we find a great deal of authenticity in the street scenes, yet there is enough room for our own imagination to go beyond the captured moment. Extremes of poverty as well as healthy middle class are shown, in all variety of cultural heritage that is manifested in the resident's appearances.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9.5" Height: 8" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2003
Publisher Kehrer Verlag
ISBN 3936636052 ISBN13 9783936636055
Availability 0 units.
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A living testament to a neighborhood and a vision Apr 22, 2004
Jonathan Elderfield's "Living Under South Street" is a handsome and stirring testament to the power of one person with a small camera and a desire to capture life as he sees it being lived around him -- in this case, the vibrant street life of South Philly. Aside from what this camera shows (or doesn't show), I think it's important first to mention the lyrical quality of the images themselves. . . something you'll have to see for yourself instead of read about. The photos (and the quality of their reproduction and printing) are, in a word: Stunning. If you're not familiar with the neighborhood, I recommend starting off with one of W.S. Piero's poems from the back of the book to give you some sense that South Philly is less a neighborhood in the sense of "geographical area within a city" than it is, pardon the cliche, a state of mind. Once you're ready, hit the photos themselves at a leisurely pace. If you know South Philly well, if you've only passed through, or (perhaps especially) if you've never been, what you see is an evocative portrait, building with image after image, of the good, bad, ugly, poignant, fun, exuberant, strange, fascinating, languid, lucid, mysterious, heartbreaking, and joyous way of life as it's lived by some of the inhabitants of one of the country's most notable neighborhoods. And with all due respect to the reviewer from South Philly below (though I did think that the education befitting a Fortune 100 VP would have prevented him from describing people of the neighborhood living like "animals"), it does seem necessary to explain what Elderfield's book is not: It is not a real-estate catalog or buyer's guide, nor is it a chamber-of-commerce hi-how-are-ya-and-welcome-to-town. Undoubtedly there are parts of South Philly not covered in the book, which is why it's considered a photography book rather than an atlas or reference compendium. If you're looking for evidence of the upward mobility of the neighborhood's residents, perhaps a Who's Who compendium would fit the bill. If, on the other hand, you're interested in the results of an artistic labor of love, the result of one person wandering South Philly's streets for months with the goal of capturing life as it's actually happening, with all its grandeur and heartbreak and all of those pensive, passive, frantic, and furtive moments in between, "Living Under South Street" is a beautiful and living testament.
so real you feel you're there Apr 19, 2004
Elderfield's work has as much richness and texture as any novel or feature film that might take place in the same setting. It's all the more powerful because we know that it is an utterly nonfiction depiction of real people. There is ample evidence of the patience and trust that that were invested in capturing these gritty depictions of daily life. Not only can you see them, but you can almost taste, smell, hear and touch the elements of the subjects' daily lives. "Living Under South Street" is a thoughtful -- and thought-provoking -- triumph.
Realistic photography Mar 24, 2004
The photos in this book are wonderful. This book is a celebration of the people who were photographed - they are alive and vital. I"m sorry the previous reviewer missed the point. The book says nothing about the people who were not photographed; nor does it make any claim to be a thorough study of the area. It is what it is, and you don't have to know the area to appreciate the photos.
THIS BOOK IS SHAMEFUL AND OFFENSIVE TO SO. PHILLY Mar 21, 2004
I have lived in South Philadelphia my entire life. There is good and bad in all of it's parts; however, you will not find any of the good in this book. The author and photographer have chosen to show South Philadelphia as a depressed, sad and dirty place to live. SHAME ON THEM.
Nowhere in this book is there one picture of a well-dressed family, a clean block, or happy people, only the dirty, bad and sad. This is not the true South Philadelphia (or section below South Street). South Philadelphia is filled with folks who have done well for themselves, raised and educated good families and keep their homes and neighborhoods clean.
Nowhere in this book is there one picture of the Queen Village area where 1000s of people live in nearly half million dollar homes.
This book is an embarrassment to the 1000s of us who choose to live in South Philadelphia. SHAME ON YOU.
I was lucky enough not to buy this book but to see someone else's copy. I suggested that they return their copy and get their money back. The author, photographer nor publisher should see a dime of our money.
I would suggest that the author and his photographer publish a second book "Clean Living Under South Street" for those of us who do not live like animals.
My wife and I are well educated, and earn substantial incomes. I am a VP for a fortune 100 company, my wife is a director at her company. We are born and raised in South Philadelphia and are raising and educating our children in this town. We are not represented in this book and you owe us an apology.