Picturing Children

GBP £10.95



ISBN: 978-1-907804-75-5

88 pages

180 × 180 mm (7 ⅛ × 7 ⅛ in)

60 colour and b&w photographs

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

June 2016


Remarkable photographs which speak to past, present and future experiences of African American youth

In this collection of over 50 images of children, we catch glimpses of African American life, past and present, which prompt us to consider our responsibilities to youth not only as a moral obligation, but as an essential venture in shaping our future.”—Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director

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Picturing Children, features a diverse selection of photographs: spontaneous records of intimate family moments, playtime, and communal activities as well as posed portraits. Photographers include Henry Clay Anderson, Wayne F. Miller, Joe Schwartz, Jamel Shabazz, Milton Williams and Ernest C. Withers. The volume includes short reflections on individual photographs which explore how the images speak not only to past experiences of African American youth, but also to our evolving concepts of childhood, youth engagement in American society and the future.

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 (NMAAHC).

Author biographies

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

Marian Wright Edelman is a lawyer, children’s rights activist, and founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Ivory A. Toldson is a professor, author, and the deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He is also the founding director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Training in Education (CREATE, LLC).

Anna Forgerson Hindley is the Education Specialist at the NMAAHC.

Table of contents

  1. Foreword by Lonnie G. Bunch III
  2. Our Turn by Marian Wright Edelman
  3. Picture This by Ivory A. Toldson
  4. Photographs: Introductions by Anna Forgerson Hindley
  5. Index