From Publishers Weekly
Eighteen essays by black writers and scholars, in each of which a photograph is used as a springboard from which to address questions of black identity.
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From Library Journal
For this book, Willis invited 18 writers, critics, and filmmakers to select a photograph they found personally or historically significant and to provide an analysis of their selection. The contributors include Adele Alexander, Angela Davis, Kathe Sandler, Slarissa Sligh, bell hooks, and Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, and the images they chose include treasured family portraits, a lynching, a stylish woman of the Harlem Renaissance, a famous 19th-century propaganda piece designed to help recently freed slaves from New Orleans, and a daguerreotype portrait of a black child holding a white baby. By chance, the result is a small sampling from each period of African American history since the invention of photography. Willis (VanDerZee: A Photographic History, LJ 11/15/93), who is associated with the Smithsonian Institution's National African American Museum Project, is known for her ground-breaking research and writing on the subject of African American photography. Recommended for photography and African American studies collections.Kathleen Collins, New York Transit Museum Archives, Brooklyn
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