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Willis (Reflections in Black), a MacArthur fellow and chair of New York University's photography department, curates a collection of iconic portraits and snapshots by anonymous photographers in a history of beauty that merges gender, race, family, class. Willis's words, a distillation of her inquiries into beauty and race, are few—the images speak for themselves. The photographs, organized thematically, reach back to the 1890s and forward to the current first family. Famous photographers share perspective with family photographers and those known only as Unidentified Photographer. The recognizably famous—James Baldwin, Marian Anderson, Joe Louis—appear along with those known only as Mom and Friend, Two women holding magazine, ca. 1950s or Barber cutting man's hair outdoors, ca. 1930s. Willis's content is groundbreaking; rarely, for example, are men this adequately represented in a work devoted to beauty within black culture. For Willis, this extraordinary compilation is the culmination of my exploration of beauty within black culture and through the medium of photography. For readers, this is a dazzling eye-opener. (Nov.)
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“The book is a treasure, a triumph and a singular achievement that invites fresh and enduring insights with each viewing.” — Jennifer Baszile (The New York Times Book Review)
“Drawing on 10 years of research and photos from archives, galleries, photographers, friends, and family, Willis reflects the broad spectrum of images of beauty over more than a century. She examines how beauty is defined, exploited, manipulated, and marketed.... An aesthetic look at black beauty by the author of .” — Vanessa Bush (Booklist)
Wonderful photos beauty at best seen through another set of eyesPublished 1 month ago by bee lieve bake shop
Anything Deb Willis touches turns to historial gold! She does not dissapoint in "Posing Beauty. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Val D. Parker
Beautiful. It was a gift for my brother who is a photographer. I devoured it before wrapping it. Lovely.Published 5 months ago by Karen Osborne
Holiday gift for my daughter, who is a stylist and pregnant with her second daughter. She and her eldest daughter began to peruse immediately after opening. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maria D.
Simply beautiful images. Welcome refuge from murder and mayhem photos of black people.Published 7 months ago by mngbal
I purchased this book because I was so tremendously impressed with the museum exhibit of the same name. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pie
Lovely book, beautiful imagery and rich in African American history. This would be a great wonderful addition to anyone's coffee table or book collection, as it is a great... Read morePublished 12 months ago by April
16X20 Broken up into four parts first three are b&w: construct a pose- each photo includes an explaination of where the photo came from. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ellison