African American Vernacular Photography
Selections from the Daniel Cowin Collection
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African American Vernacular Photography by Brian Wallis
Book DescriptionThis book, which accompanies an exhibition of the same title on view at the International Center of Photography, presents an extraordinary group of images of African Americans in a variety of genres and poses: formal studio portraits, casual snapshots, images of children, images of uniformed soldiers, wedding portraits, so-called "Southern-views" made for tourist consumption. While some of the sitters are celebrities of the day, the majority are unnamed Americans posing for their photographic portrait. They attest to photography's ability to both record personal history for private uses and to been seen as a document of history in a wider context. The collection of about 1600 photographs date from 1860 to 1960 and was given to ICP in 1990 by Daniel Cowin. The images span a range of processes and formats - postcards, stereographs, cartes-de-visite, tintypes, albumen prints, and gelatin silver prints. Together they provide an important window into African American life during the period. The book will reproduce seventy color plates from the collection and includes essays by Brian Wallis and Deborah Willis and an annotated checklist.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9783865212252
(280mm x 215mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Steidl Verlag
Publisher: Steidl Publishers
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: Germany
Books By Author Brian Wallis
Order of Things, Hardback (September 2015)
Investigating the production and uses of serial portraiture, vernacular imagery, architectural surveys and time-based performance in photography from the 1880s, this book illustrates how typological methods in photography have developed globally.
Weegee, Hardback (August 2013)
Drawn from the International Center of Photography's archives, this book highlights the incomparable style and fascinating career of Weegee, one of New York City's quintessential press photographers.
Marilyn, August 1953, Hardback (October 2010)
This gorgeous hardcover collects over 100 previously unpublished photos, capturing the sex symbol in intimate, unguarded moments: lounging poolside, riding a ski lift, and snuggling with her husband-to-be, Joe DiMaggio.
Land and Environmental Art, Paperback (February 2010)» View all books by Brian Wallis
The definitive survey of Land Art and contemporary environmental art.
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Author Biography - Brian Wallis
Brian Wallis is Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator at the International Center of Photography where he organized the Larry Clark retrospective (2005), and co-curated Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes (2005); Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of he American Self (2003) and Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video (2003). Deborah Willis is a MacArthur fellow and professor of photography and imagining, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Recent publications include Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present (2000), and The Black Female Body: A Photographic History (2002) with Carla Williams and Black: A Celebration of Culture (2003).
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