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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833351
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.2 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harlem: A Century in Images (Skira Rizzoli, $55), the Studio Museum in Harlem’s broad and beautiful new photographic survey of the neighborhood, has a narrative only in the literal sense: It documents 100 years of urban churn in a vitally important neighborhood.” ~New York Magazine
 
Harlem with and intro by Thelma Golden ($55.00, 256 pages) brings back a century of images, some poignant, some stirring, some historical, all moving.” ~Global Writes

“…provides an intimate look at some of the greatest icons in Black history of the past century in one of the most iconic of locales: Harlem… this book supplements the stories through nearly 200 stark, powerful pictures of the famous as well as everyday people in this legendary, culturally-rich pillar of New York…. Add Harlem: A Century in Images to your personal collection. It doesn’t disappoint.” ~Ask A Woman Who Knows

About the Author

Thelma Golden is director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Deborah Willis is a professor of Africana studies at New York University.

Cheryl Finley is associate professor of art and African American studies at Cornell University.

Elizabeth Alexander is an American poet, essayist, and professor.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2014
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Harlem has been home to many ethnic groups over its long history, but it will always be known as the cultural center of the United States' African American community. A project of the Studio Museum in Harlem, "Harlem: A Century in Images" (2010) is a beautifully produced, coffee-table sized book that includes over 250 photographs of Harlem and its people by more than 50 photographers beginning in 1911 and concluding in 2009. The Studio Museum in Harlem was founded in 1968 and has the goal of promoting the works of artists of African descent with a focus on Harlem.

In reading through the book, I found a sense of continuity and identity more than a feeling of change. Looking at the people, the streets, and the landmarks, I had a feeling of a frozen moment in time with scenes from the 1920s, for example, recognizable in scenes from the 1990s. The book has a strong sense of place in capturing an image of Harlem through diversity.

The photographs illustrate the broad, varied scope of Harlem life. They include scenes of famous musicians, ranging from Theolonius Monk to Dianna Ross, artists, such as photographer James VanDerZee, athletes, including Jack Johnson and Joe Louis, writers, such as Langston Hughes, and political leaders ranging from Marcus Garvey to Malcolm X. The book includes scenes of high life and lavish entertainments together with scenes of pool halls and graffiti. The people of Harlem, of every economic class and in almost every circumstance, tend to dress up in what the book quotes Zora Neale Hurson describing as "decorating the decoration" and in what young Harlemites describe by the phrase "you're so extra". The photographs also include scenes of poverty and abysmal living conditions.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Young on June 30, 2012
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This book gives an incredible look back at history of Harlems past thru incredible photos. I think every coffee table in America should display the black and white images of this rich and telling community.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louisa on July 3, 2013
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I spent time in NYC over xmas as my best friend lives in Harlem i loved the people and its history. This book not only good reading but the images take me back to that special place. Amazing photos
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Pretlow on January 23, 2011
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I'm a history nut and this book is just right up my alley and for anybody who is curious about Harlem New York.From it's past history to the present this book is very informative and the photo's speak for them self's.
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