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Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present Paperback – October 17, 2002
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[N]othing less than an epic of Homeric proportions....Willis's magnificent gathering of images...rewrites American history. -- Robin D. G. Kelley
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People in this arresting collection of pictures are caught up in all kinds of ordinary pursuits--reading, working, dining, marrying, praying, talking, playing games, posing in lovely clothes, getting haircuts, making music or speeches or dinner--in a spirited, generally trustful relationship with the camera. Clearly Willis's criterion as she selected photographs was, as she says in the text, "expressive power."
Still, white Americans viewing these pictures are likely to bring to the experience the same old images of slavery, Civil Rights marches, and past or present media caricatures of black life that they've drawn from school and popular culture all their lives. Perhaps the delightful photographs of children in the book will take on ominous overtones because we know of future trials the childish mind can't predict. But such a reaction can keep us from realizing that what's on the child's mind may be partly the point.
For example, two Boston children have been posed in front of ornate ironwork, wearing starched lace dresses (it's 1910) and starched bows in their hair. They look beautiful--and stiff, and miserable! Good little girls, they've let Mother dress them up today, but they seem to want to tear off those enormous bows, jump the iron fence, and tumble around on the grass like anyone else their age.Read more ›
I will be purchasing a few copies for friends. Others, I will tell to get their own.
It's THAT GOOD!
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The pictures were facinating and the narrative regarding the history was well done. It is a book I will treasure and I do hope to purchase more of her work.Published 6 months ago by Gloria Murray