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A triumphant celebration of the power of family, endurance, spirituality, and the diverse range of the African American experience over the last two centuries.

Reflections in Black, the first comprehensive history of black photographers, is Deborah Willis''s long-awaited, groundbreaking assemblage of photographs of African American life from 1840 to the present. Willis, a curator of photography at the Smithsonian Institution, has selected nearly 600 stunning images that give us rich, hugely moving glimpses of black life, from slavery to the Great Migrations, from rare antebellum portraits to 1990s middle-class families. Featuring the work of undisputed masters such as James Presley Ball, C. M. Battey, James VanDerZee, Morgan and Marvin Smith, Gordon Parks, Moneta Sleet, Jr., and Carrie Mae Weems, among hundreds of others, Reflections in Black is, most powerfully, a refutation of the gross caricature of the many mainstream photographers who have continually emphasized poverty over family, despair over hope. Recalling Roman Vishniac''s Vanished World in terms of its documentary importance, and Brian Lanker''s I Dream a World in terms of its exceptional beauty, Reflections in Black is not only an exceptional gift book for any occasion but also a work so significant that it has the power to reconfigure our conception of American history itself. It demands to be included in every American family''s library as the record of an essential part of our heritage. Publication will coincide and tie in with a major exhibition at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which will then travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Albany, New York; Corpus Christi, Texas; and other cities.

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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.

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

About the Author

Deborah Willis, a MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fletcher Fellow, is the author of Reflections in Black, Posing Beauty, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, and the New York Times bestseller Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs. She is chair of the photography department and a University Professor at New York University.

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A great read, beautiful photos and fascinating history
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
This is a beautiful book, gives a lot of fascinating history, and is a must to have if you are interested in photography, since most of these great photographers are not covered in your everyday textbook. Buy one for yourself and more as gifts!!!
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what a great read
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2014
I am obsessed with black history and am a visual person, so this book was nothing short of amazing for me! i loved looking at the pictures and how the author sectioned them off according to time periods. It was very enlightening and I had a blast reading it! I ended up... See more
I am obsessed with black history and am a visual person, so this book was nothing short of amazing for me! i loved looking at the pictures and how the author sectioned them off according to time periods. It was very enlightening and I had a blast reading it! I ended up giving it to a friend of mine who is a photographer and she LOVED IT! thanks so much for a great read!
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I loved the history and the knowledge that this book presented
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2018
I loved the history and the knowledge that this book presented . The one thing I hated was the small print .
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EXCELLENT BOOK
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EXCELLENT BOOK!
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Reflections: Finding Strength and Dignity in Our History
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2001
Beneath the blanket of cultural arrogance that - even today - refuses to acknowledge the contributions made by its own citizens, is a truth that has been beautifully presented here by Ms. Willis. The images and text fully support what writer Richard Wright wrote, that,... See more
Beneath the blanket of cultural arrogance that - even today - refuses to acknowledge the contributions made by its own citizens, is a truth that has been beautifully presented here by Ms. Willis. The images and text fully support what writer Richard Wright wrote, that, "OUR HISTORY IS FAR STRANGER THAN YOU SUSPECT, AND WE ARE NOT WHAT WE SEEM." Brava, Ms. Willis, and thank you.
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Beautiful
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2015
To me it was beautiful. I was once those little girls in my Sunday finery. The ordinary folk are my kind of folk. There are pictures of "stars" also, but I did not know them then and do not know them now. How refreshing and yet nostalgic for me.
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The book of photographs is amazing and so vivid. Each picture with script captures a significant moment in time in African-American history. Reflections in Black is a very good book to have as a library collection.
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No coffee table book here
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2016
Given as a gift to a dear shutter-bug friend who loved loved loved period pictures and subjects.
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