“Celebrates those who stood up and stood out, those who took public leadership roles, too often passed over or forgotten in the history books.”—Lonnie G. Bunch III
“Compelling and historic.”—Maurice Berger, Lens blog, The New York Times
“Some of the most definitive photographs that chronicle the black American experience.”—Nicole Crowder, In Sight, The Washington Post
This third volume in the series, African American Women, focuses on women – elders and youth alike. These photographs demonstrate their dignity, joy, heartbreak, commitment, and sacrifice. The images range from formal nineteenth-century portraits to twentieth-century snapshots, including midwives at work in the rural south and students jailed for participating in civil rights protests. Also featured are photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Beverly Conley, Wayne F. Miller, Joe Schwartz, Milton Williams, and Ernest C. Withers.
In addition to over 50 photographs, this volume includes a poems by former United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.
Double Exposure is a dynamic series based on the notable photography collection supporting the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Lonnie G. Bunch III is the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Kinshasha Holman Conwill is the deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Natasha Trethewey was the United States Poet Laureate, 2012-2014, and is professor of English and Creative
Writing at Emory University, where she directs the Creative Writing Program..
Table of contents
- Foreword by Lonnie G. Bunch III
- Picturing Grace by Kinshasha Holman Conwill
- Ars Poetica by Natasha Trethewey