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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (October 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393322807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393322804
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Willis (curator, Smithsonian!s Center for African American History and Culture) continues enlightening the public about visual representations of African American experiences, work that just won her a MacArthur genius grant. This catalog of a Smithsonian exhibit that will tour America starting this summer should be read in conjunction with her other books on the subject: Black Photographers, 1840$1940: An Illustrated Bio-Bibliography (New Pr., 1992), VanDerZee, Photographer, 1886$1983 (LJ 11/15/93), and Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography (LJ 12/94). In this more comprehensive book, Willis alternates chronological sections of photographs with essays that discuss the individual photographers and the scope of their work. They range from men and women who operated photography studios and made dignified portraits of the people in their communities, to photojournalists documenting social change, to contemporary artists making creative statements with digital montage techniques. This book certainly should be selected for African American or photography collections, but it could alternatively be put in general American history or social history."Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Take the time to examine these faces. Make the time to treasure this book. -- BET.com, Barbara Summers

[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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Great "Coffee Table Book"!
Ronald West
Deborah Willis has done a tremendous job in reviewing the history of photography in African-America.
"rjwoods"
I will be purchasing a few copies for friends.
Reginald D. Garrard

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Galen on September 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This fabulous book deserves all of the praise it has earned. In addition the final chapter, "Photography of the 1980s and 1990s," includes an amazing section of modern art photgraphy, unmatched in any other photography collection in print today. Astonishing and utterly original works of young African American photographers Albert Chong, Pat Ward Williams, Chris Johnson, Terry Boddie, and Calvin Hicks are just a few highlights. In addition, Ms. Willis, a MacArthur Fellow, brings a clear, assured, and scholarly voice to her narration of this wonderful collection. No public or school library can afford to be without this book. The notes and the index are terrific. Also worth mentioning is that the prints are big enough, the paper is top quality, and the color reproduction is excellent. Deserves more than five Amazon stars.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "lakedwellers" on August 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's difficult to explain the impact of this book. After all, it's a scholarly, historical work. How can it have such a powerful emotional punch? The only explanation is the remarkable effect of seeing African Americans through the eyes of African Americans, an experience so unusual as to be literally shocking. I know I will look through it again and again over the years and see new things every time. Thank you, Deborah Willis, for your wonderful work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "rjwoods" on June 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After touring the exhibit at the Smithsonian, which was excellent, the book offers a detailed account of each of the exhibited photographers and it also includes many more photographs than were exhibited. Deborah Willis has done a tremendous job in reviewing the history of photography in African-America. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in African-American history, photography, and the diaspora.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Deborah Willis' Reflections In Black provides a powerful history of black photographers from 1840 to the present. This represents the first comprehensive history of black photographers, and assembles photos of black life from 1840 to modern times. Nearly 600 images with almost 500 in duotone and over 80 in color make for an impressive presentation indeed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judy Lightfoot on July 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
... For more than a century, according to Deborah Willis, curator of photography at the Smithsonian, black photographers deliberately used their work to counter prevailing racial stereotypes and enhance racial pride. Her monumental portfolio of photographs by these artists, studio owners, and itinerant "painters with light" does more than counter stereotypes; it defies attempts to generalize about its subject.
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is groundbreaking. We have seen African Americans mostly through the eyes of white photographers and artists. In this remarkable volume, we see an entire culture through its own eyes, and the view is inspiring, startling, and rewarding. Anyone who is interested in the WHOLE history of the United States should buy this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on July 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, from 1840 to the Present" comes awfully close. The photos vividly chronicle the Black experience in America. From the famous to the not so famous, all the joys and sorrows of a people are marvelously presented in this exquisite document. The accompanying text is entertainingly informative. The authors have truly outdone themselves.
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This history of black photographers covers 1840 to modern times, presenting a wide-ranging set of images and social and artistic observations which should intrigue a diverse audience, from artists to those interested in black history. Black and white images accompany in-depth text coverage of the artists and their times in this first comprehensive history of black photographers.
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