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Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present

Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present

Willis, Deborah

Hardcover

Black American StudiesGeneral Photography

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ISBN10: 0393066967
ISBN13: 9780393066968
Publisher: W W Norton & Co
Published: Oct 5 2009
Pages: 280
Weight: 4.25
Height: 1.17 Width: 9.64 Depth: 11.98
Language: English
As a student in the 1970s, Deborah Willis came to the realization that images of black beauty, female and male, simply did not exist in the larger culture. Determined to redress this imbalance, Willis examined everything from vintage ladies' journals to black newspapers, and started what would become a lifelong quest. With more than two hundred arresting images, many previously unpublished, Posing Beauty recovers a world many never knew existed. Historical subjects such as Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker illuminate the past; Angela Davis and Muhammad Ali take us to the civil rights era; Denzel Washington, Lil' Kim, and Michelle Obama celebrate the present. Featuring the works of more than one hundred photographers, including Carl van Vechten, Eve Arnold, Lee Friedlander, and Carrie Mae Weems, Willis's book not only celebrates the lives of the famous but also captures the barber shop, the bodybuilding contest, and prom night. Posing Beauty challenges our most fundamental assumptions about what it means to be beautiful.

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