Angel's World: The New York Photographs of Angelo Rizzuto

Angel's World: The New York Photographs of Angelo Rizzuto

by Michael Lesy
     
 

The fascinating search for meaning in the life and work of a little-known photographer.
In this profound and disturbing book, noted photo historian Michael Lesy is in search of a man who left a strange archive of sixty thousand images to the Library of Congress. We learn that he was Angelo Rizzuto, but he called himself "the little Angel." He lived in a single,

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The fascinating search for meaning in the life and work of a little-known photographer.
In this profound and disturbing book, noted photo historian Michael Lesy is in search of a man who left a strange archive of sixty thousand images to the Library of Congress. We learn that he was Angelo Rizzuto, but he called himself "the little Angel." He lived in a single, run-down room in a crummy hotel. We learn that every day he left at 2:00 p.m. to photograph New York City obsessively, from above and on the streets. We see the cityscapes he took, compassionate photographs of children and confrontational pictures of angry women. We see his anguished self-portrait taken almost every day. These are the obvious discoveries. What is not obvious is why; what did it all mean? In his thoughtful and erudite essay Lesy has fashioned nothing less than a psychoanalytic dissection of a tortured soul in an account that is both deeply unsettling and satisfying at the same time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393061116
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/19/2005
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lesy’s books include Angel’s World and Long Time Coming. In 2006 he was named one of the first United States Artists Fellowship recipients, and in 2013 was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. A professor of literary journalism at Hampshire College; he lives in Massachusetts.

Angelo Rizzuto, photographer, captured the day to day life of New York City and himself.

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