Everyday Beauty

GBP £10.95



ISBN: 978-1-911282-21-1

72 Pages

180 × 180 mm (7 ⅛ × 7 ⅛ in)

60 color and b&w photographs

In association with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

June 2018


‘Everyday Beauty’: more remarkable photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, seeing the beauty in the everyday, and making visible our humanity.”
Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director

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This sixth volume in the Double Exposure series presents over 50 images of beauty in everyday life. These photographs explore and highlight striking moments that take place in the course of day-to-day activity. They capture public as well as private experiences, moments of tenderness and love as people connect on a personal level, and times of joy and pride during social and community events. These photographs reflect self-determination and self-definition, and demonstrate a power, precious and hard won, that makes for a special kind of beauty. Photographers include Devin Allen, Anthony Barboza, Dawoud Bey, Jason Miccolo Johnson, William J. Kuebler Jr., Wayne F. Miller, Ruth Orkin, and Arthur Rothstein.

The photographs are accompanied by detailed and extended captions, as well as short essays by two of the featured photographers, Zun Lee and Builder Levy; by a collector, Adreinne Waheed; and by curator Rhea L. Combs. The volume also includes an essay by Robin Givhan, who works as a fashion critic for the Washington Post. Givhan’s essay focuses on uncovering the meaning of “everyday beauty” and the power with which it is conveyed in the selected photographs.

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.

Author biographies

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Robin Givhan is a staff writer and the Washington Post fashion critic.

Table of contents

  1. Foreword by Lonnie G. Bunch III
  2. Living Beauty by Robin Givhan
  3. Photographs
  4. Index