London: Éditions Aubrey Walter, 1994. 1994. Softcover, 25.5 x 23cm, 70pp. With an introduction by Mark Thompson.
The spine is sunned to a much paler shade of yellow than the covers, the title on the spine has not faded, corners sharp, two or three flecks of rust on top edge, otherwise fine throughout. Very good. Item #318
An art major who never graduated, Crawford Barton moved to San Francisco in 1968 and began photographing the local gay culture, contributing images to the Advocate, the Bay Area Reporter, the San Francisco Examiner, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times. Days of Hope, a book of his prints covering the years between the Stonewall riots and the onset of the AIDS epidemic, was published posthumously in 1994. The collection - both personal and social in its scope - is imbued with a sense of unbridled joy and intimacy. It provides, as Mark Thompson says, "a portrait of a seminal time, burnished with the polish of his sensitivity - an instinct of wonder never relinquished" (back cover).