New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1941. First limited edition. Loose leaf. "To B... and J... with the best of chance - David Hare" on inside front cover. 1/100 according to sales brochure, not stated.
Elephant Folio (18 x 14"). 4pp., 20 plates. Original brown string-bound half cloth over illustrated boards with reverse gray lettering on brown label of cover. Title page, introduction and index printed in red and black to heavy cream handmade paper. Twenty color portrait photographs (app. 11 x 8 1/2"), mounted to heavy gray card-stock plates (17 1/2 x 13 1/2"). This work was commissioned by the American Museum of Natural History. Hare produced 20 prints using the new dye transfer process of Eastman Kodak.
"The objective in this portfolio is to present twenty photographic color prints of individuals, and family groups representative of the Pueblo Indian villages in New Mexico. There are eighteen such villages surviving, fifteen of which have contributed portraits to this series." ( Wissler). For this publication the David Hare chose to photograph the Indians in their everyday dress, some in traditional and others with Anglo influenced clothing. The photographs depict predominantly men (11), women (4), and three couples and two groups including children.
The Spanish records indicate that in 1540 there were about sixty such villages in existence. However, archaeological records indicate that there were many more such villages in the year 1300. The combined population at the time of this publication is close to 13,000 against a probable 20,000 in 1540. The language groups recorded by the Spaniards in New Mexico in 1540 were Zuni, Keres and Tani, which are still spoken today.
Portfolio with cloth lightly rubbed and light wear along edges. Light bump to text plates in upper let corner, minor smudging, and very light staining on page four. Portfolio in overall very good, photographs in fine condition. Very good to fine. Item #46599
David Hare (1917–1992) was an American artist belonging to the early generation of New York Abstract Expressionist artists, associated with the surrealist movement. Together with Mark Rothko, William Baziotes and Robert Motherwell he founded the "Subjects of the Artist School" in New York. It became known as the Studio 35. Hare counted Jean-Paul Sartre, Balthus, Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso among his friends.