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Tucked away in the dusty halls of the Smithsonian archives and nearly forgotten by most historians, black culture is a vast, complex, interconnected web of different people, trends, and lifestyles. Deborah Willis has dug through the archives and hunted down the remnants that tell the wonderful and tragic history of a people. Tackling all subjects with bravery and frankness, Deborah Willis’s work is a true treasure to behold.
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Tucked away in the dusty halls of the Smithsonian archives and nearly forgotten by most historians, black culture is a vast, complex, interconnected web of different people, trends, and lifestyles. Deborah Willis has dug through the archives and hunted down the remnants that tell the wonderful and tragic history of a people. Tackling all subjects with bravery and frankness, Deborah Willis’s work is a true treasure to behold.
Black: A Celebration of a Culture presents a vibrant panorama of twentieth-century black culture in America and around the world. Broken up into segments that examine in detail such subjects as children, work, art, beauty, Saturday night, and Sunday morning, the photos detail the history and the evolution of a culture. Each photograph, handpicked by Deborah Willis, America’s leading historian of African American photography, celebrates the world of music, art, fashion, sports, family, worship, or play. With five hundred photographs from every time period from the birth of photography to the birth of hip-hop, this book is a truly joyous exhibition of black culture. From Jessie Owens to Barry Bonds, Ella Fitzgerald to Halle Berry, Black: A Celebration of a Culture is joyous and inspiring.
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11/01/2014
In 500 images from the dawn of photography to the birth of hip-hop, Willis celebrates black American culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592580514
  • Publisher: Hylas Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/3/2003
  • Edition description: First American Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Deborah Willis is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives in New York City.
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    Excellent!

    The book was excellent.

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    Posted November 12, 2007

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    I found the photographs in this coffee table must-have both compelling and inspiring! A broad spectrum of lifestyles and eras are encompassed within this wonderful undertaking.

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