Reflections in Black
A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present
By (author) Deborah Willis
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Reflections in Black by Deborah Willis
Book DescriptionReflections in Black, the first comprehensive history of black photographers, is a groundbreaking pictorial collection of African American life. Featuring the work of undisputed masters such as James VanDerZee, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems among dozens of others, this book is a refutation of the gross caricature of black life that many mainstream photographers have manifested by continually emphasizing poverty over family, despair over hope. Nearly 600 images offer rich, moving glimpses of everyday black life, from slavery to the Great Migration to contemporary suburban life, including rare antebellum daguerrotypes, photojournalism of the civil rights era, and multimedia portraits of middle-class families. A work so significant that it has the power to reconfigure our conception of American history itself, Reflections in Black demands to be included in every American family's library as an essential part of our heritage. A Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Book World Best Book of 2000, and a Good Morning, America best gift book of 2000.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393322804
(305mm x 231mm x 25mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Deborah Willis
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"The emotional range and depth of [Willis's stories], the clarity and deftness, are astonishing."-Alice Munro
Question Bridge, Paperback (October 2015)
"Am I the only one who has problems eating chicken, watermelon, and bananas in front of white people?" This book assembles a series of questions posed to black men, by and for other black men, along with the corresponding responses and portraits of the participants.
Through the African American Lens, Paperback (February 2015)» View all books by Deborah Willis
The first volume of "Double Exposure," a major new series of books based on the remarkable photography archive held by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
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Author Biography - Deborah Willis
Deborah Willis, a MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fletcher Fellow, is the author of Reflections in Black, Posing Beauty, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, and the New York Times bestseller Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs. She is chair of the photography department and a University Professor at New York University.
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