Songs of My People: African Americans, a Self-Portrait

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1992 Hardcover New 0316109665. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--224 pp. With 203 ills. 32 x 26 cm. Description: "Published to accompany a traveling exhibition ... but including no reference to the show, this volume presents photographs produced during a collaborative project undertaken in 1990 by 50 black photojournalists to document the lives of contemporary African Americans throughout the United States. Excellent reproductions of portraits and images of cultural and family life are accompanied by descriptive captions and brief essays discussing the project's goals and the primary themes it explored."; 0.5 x 12 x 10 Inches. Read more Show Less

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This book assembles images of African Americans by 50 black photojournalists from across the nation. The editors are photojournalists and broadcast journalists from Washington, D.C. The images are well reproduced and captioned simply, without dates but with geographical location, photographer, and explanatory phrases and paragraphs. Gordon Parks, the first black photographer to work at Life and Vogue and the first black director in Hollywood, contributes a poetic and evocative essay. Four thoughtful essays by black writers and critics introduce thematically arranged sections on the black male; black artists, musicians, performers, filmmakers, athletes, and ministers; black women; and the black family. All the photographs are powerful, memorable, and revealing of black culture, a testament to the skill of the editors and photographers. This is highly recommended for photography, photojournalism, American culture, and African American studies collections.-- Kathleen Collins, Great Barrington, Mass.
Donna Seaman
This collection of remarkable black-and-white photographs of African Americans by African Americans packs a punch more powerful than any text. Among the 50 topflight contributing photographers are four Pulitzer Prize winners, a World Press Award recipient, two Neiman Fellows, slain civil rights leader Medgar Evans' son James, and a grandson of Elijah Muhammad. The intent of their unprecedented collaboration was to travel across the country and record the ordinarily "untold stories of pride, determination, courage, tragedy, and triumph" in the black community. Their efforts, perception, and sensitivity translated into striking photographs that run the gamut of the black American experience. From newborns to the elderly, from images of joy and success to tableaus of despair and sorrow, we are held rapt by the intensity of each person's gaze and unique presence. This corps of photographers takes us into jails and churches, into hospital operating rooms and onto the concert stage, into college dorms and to rodeos. There are portraits of the famous and the aspiring in settings rural and urban, glitzy and humble, from California to Washington, D.C., Mississippi to Michigan. An introduction by Gordon Parks and eloquent commentary on different aspects of African American life accompany the photographs, which have also been gathered together to form a traveling museum exhibition with scheduled shows all across the country. An HBO special is also in the works, making this a high-profile acquisition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316109666
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 209
  • Product dimensions: 10.48 (w) x 12.33 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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