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Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present

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As a student in the 1970s, Deborah Willis came to the realization that images of black beauty, female and male, simply did not exist in the larger culture. Determined to redress this imbalance, Willis examined everything from vintage ladies’ journals to black newspapers, and started what would become a lifelong quest. With more than two hundred arresting images, many ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2009)
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Jocelin
May 03, 2013 Jocelin rated it really liked it
Great art book about the African American images from the past to the present. Most of the photography was presented in black & white (favorite photography medium). The images were simply presented and simply luminous. The cover work is striking and powerful. Great book for studying form and technique.
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Sep 10, 2015 Helen rated it it was amazing
Didn't know what to expect when M checked this out from the library, but the introduction was on point and the series of photographs organized, labeled and curated into sections based on topics explored in the introduction essay did an excellent job of illustrating what Deborah Willis had to say on the subject of race, politics, beauty, commercialism, history, composition, lighting, and the art of capturing portraits and the movement of life.
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Aug 15, 2016 Barb rated it really liked it
Beautiful photography/images of Africans and African Americans. Some of these photos I remember seeing growing up and it is nice to see in a book
Jamila
I attended a Smithsonian lecture in which Deborah Willis spoke. The book is gorgeous and has tons of sources of inspiration.
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