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African American Vernacular Photography (Archive) [Hardcover]

By Brian Wallis (Contributor) & Deborah Willis (Contributor)
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These selections from the Daniel Cowin Collection make up an extraordinary group of images of African Americans in a variety of genres and poses, including formal studio portraits, casual snapshots, images of children, images of uniformed soldiers, wedding portraits and so-called "Southern-views" made for tourist consumption, all dating from 1860 to 1960. While some of the sitters are celebrities of their day, the majority are unnamed Americans posing for their portrait. They attest to photography's ability to both record personal history for private uses and to become a document--to document history in a wider context. The Daniel Cowin Collection, given to ICP in 1990 by its namesake, is made up of about 1600 photographs spanning from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth, and spanning that era's range of commercial processes and formats--from postcards to stereographs, cartes-de-visite, tintypes, albumen prints and gelatin silver prints. Together they provide an important window into African American life during the period. African American Vernacular Photography reproduces 70 of Cowin's most exceptional color plates with essays by Brian Wallis, Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator at the International Center of Photography, and Deborah Willis, MacArthur Fellow and author of Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present and, with Carla Williams, The Black Female Body: A Photographic History.

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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   1.98 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   Steidl/ICP
ISBN  3865212255  
ISBN13  9783865212252  

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More About Brian Wallis & Deborah Willis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Wallis is Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator at the International Center of Photography. He was formerly a curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and Senior Editor at Art in America. He has organized numerous exhibitions and is currently coorganizing ICP's first Triennial survey of international photography.

Brian Wallis was born in 1953.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > Art & Music > Studio Art > Photography
2Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Social Sciences
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > African American
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > Collections, Catalogues & Exhibitions
5Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > General
6Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > History
7Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > How-to > General
8Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > African American Studies

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african american vernavular photography  Apr 29, 2008
very informative and easy to follow along, brings aspects of the black life into the modern era.
History in Still Life  Aug 24, 2007
Brian Wallis has succeeded in capturing history in still life with his African American Vernacular Photography. His work gives new meaning to the proverb, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Even the posed shots make a powerful statement; the subjects' pride, their dignity, their silent gaze covey their humanity and culture without uttering a word.
Each shot can be carefully studed to see the deep meaning of that particular part of history, and that, almost alone, makes Willis's work a classic in itself.

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