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Everyday Beauty

Published by GILES in association with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC

Release — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 72 pages, 180 x 180 mm (7 1/8 x 7 1/8 in)

Illustrations — 56 b&w and 3 colour

Format — Paperback

Price — UKĀ£10.95 / US$16.95

ISBN — 978-1-911282-21-1

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Photographers include Arthur Rothstein, Anthony Barboza, Jason Miccolo Johnson, Wayne F. Miller, Ruth Orkin and William J. Kuebler Jr., Charles “Teenie” Harris, Al Pereira, Frank L. Stewart, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Dawoud Bey, who has just been named as MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winner

Includes personal reflections by photographers Builder Levy and Zun Lee, and contributions from collector Adreinne Waheed and curator Rhea L. Combs.

About the Book

The sixth volume in the Double Exposure series features images that pay visual tribute to the extraordinary style and aesthetic of African Americans in thier everyday beauty, highlighting themes of self-representation, resilience, and civic engagement. The photographs depict people across generations showing how staged and candid moments can be both beautiful and precious. 

The photographs are accompanied by detailed and extended captions, and an essay by Robin Givhan, which focuses on uncovering the meaning of ‘everyday beauty’ and the power with which it is conveyed in the selected photographs.

About the Author(s)

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Robin Givhan is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and the Washington Post fashion critic.