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Negro Ensemble Company photograph collection

Author: Bert AndrewsMario AstorgaJuanita ColeCarmen L De JesusSharon C FarmerAll authors
Publisher: [196--199?]
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Photograph : English
Publication:Negro Ensemble Company records, 1960-1992
Database:WorldCat
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The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) Photograph Collection depicts some of the Company's activities from 1967 through 1992.
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Genre/Form: Publicity photographs
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Gelatin silver prints
Contact sheets
Dye coupler prints
Gelatin silver film negatives
Slides
Halftone photomechanical prints
Named Person: Akuyoe.; Mary Alice; John Amos; Tony Anderson; Ethel Ayler; Carol Bellamy; Stephanie Berry; Samual Jr Blue; Gary Bolling; Kim Brockington; Graham Brown; Norman Bush; Erma Campbell; Steve Carter; Thelma Louise Carter; Adolph Caesar; Vondie Curtis-Hall; Sheila Dabney; Peter Daubeny; David Davies; Leon Denmark; Starletta D'Pois; Lonnie Elder; Ben Epps; Frances Foster; Arthur French; Charles Fuller; Irene Gandy; Grace Garland; Danny Glover; Elaine Graham; Moses Gunn; Curtis Harmon; Yvette Hawkins; Lorey Hayes; Mike Hodge; Kevin Hooks; Robert Hooks; Ruben Hudson; Kathryn Hunter; Ethel Hyler; Phyllis Hyman; William Jay; Louis Johnson, playwright.; Ed Koch; Keith Lawrence; Patti LaBelle; Dianne Ladd; Leslie Lee; James Lloyd; Carmen Mathis; Donald McKayle; S Epatha Merkerson; William Mooney; Cedric Napolean; Rome Neal; Chuck Patterson; Brock Peters; Josephine Premice; Cliff Rakerd; Phylicia Rashad; Tony Robinson; Michele Shay; Joyce Sylvester; Allen Taylor; Clarice Taylor; Brian Wesley Thomas; Cedric Turner; Adam Wade; Sullivan Walker; Douglas Turner Ward; Denzel Washington; Charles Weldon; Tico Wells; Kim Weston-Moran; Samm-Art Williams
Material Type: Graphic, Photograph
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bert Andrews; Mario Astorga; Juanita Cole; Carmen L De Jesus; Sharon C Farmer; Al Freddy; Steve Friedman; Joseph Griffith; Paul Kolnik; Gary Schoichet; Craig Schwartz; Bill Yoscary; Negro Ensemble Company.
OCLC Number: 78000300
In: Negro Ensemble Company
Notes: Title devised by cataloger.
Many photographs bear photographer's printed address label or handstamp on verso; some contact sheets have photographer's name and address printed on recto. Some photographic prints have printed captions on recto and/or handwritten captions on verso. A few photographs have typewritten captions attached. Some publicity portraits have actor resumes attached. Some photographs are duplicates.
Photographers include Bert Andrews, Joe Griffith, Gary Schoichet and other.
Description: 919 items (3.0 lin ft., 3 boxes) 1 photographic print : silver gelatin, b&w ; 28 x 36 cm. 260 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. or smaller. 136 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. or smaller. 2 photographic prints : col. ; 26 x 21 cm. or smaller. 24 photographic prints : col. ; 13 x 9 cm. or smaller. 10 photographic prints : col. ; 9 x 13 cm. or smaller. 45 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. or smaller. 371 slides : col. ; 7 x7 cm. 41 negatives : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm. 1 photomechanical print : halftone, b&w ; 32 x 28 cm.
Other Titles: Blackbody blues.
Black sunlight.
Brownsville raid.
Ceremonies in dark old men.
Here in my father's house.
Home.
House of shadows.
Jonah and the wonder dog.
Livin' fat.
Louie and Ophilia.
Nevis mountain dew.
Old phantoms.
Pieces of a dream.
River Niger.
Soldier's play.
Two can play.
War party.
Weep not for me.
West Memphis Mojo.

Abstract:

The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) Photograph Collection depicts some of the Company's activities from 1967 through 1992.

The collection consists of production stills; individual and group portraits of actors, playwrights, and other theatrical personalities; views of its seasonal company members and productions including publicity stills and actors in rehearsal and off-stage; views of award ceremonies, cast parties and other theatrical events; and shots of administrative, technical and artistic staff.

The Portrait series, comprising most of the collection, consists mainly of publicity photographs with attached resumes of actors who appeared in or may have auditioned for NEC productions including John Amos, Todd Davis, Patti Labelle, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Phylicia Rashad. Also included in the series are individual and group portraits of NEC's founders, Douglas Turner Ward, Robert Hooks, and Gerald Krone; group photos of NEC's first company (1967) and its 1978-1979 troupe; and portraits of playwrights Lonnie Elder III, Charles Fuller, and Leslie Lee. Also included are portraits of two recording executives, one identified as Tony Anderson.

The Production series consists of performance stills and related candid shots of NEC productions including touring companies, some of which are unidentified. The series consists of mostly photographs, but includes some contact sheets. Among the plays represented are "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, "The River Niger" and "A Soldier's Play." Images include publicity portraits of performers, performance stills, rehearsal shots, and group portraits of cast members. Documentation of "A Soldier's Play" includes images of three separate productions of the play and a research file containing reproductions of World War II photographs depicting African-American soldiers and airmen which were probably used in planning the production. Also included in this series are images of sets and props for unidentified productions.

The Events series documents the company's fund-raising benefits, anniversary parties and award ceremonies, and consists of photographs, contact sheets and slides. The series includes views of "The First Adolph Caesar Performing Arts Awards" (1987); the presentation of a proclamation to NEC founder Douglas Turner Ward by New York City Mayor Edward Koch and New York City official Carol Bellamy (ca. 1980s); the "Platinum at the Palladium" fund-raising event (n.d.); and slides of an unidentified event featuring singer Phyllis Hyman.

The Miscelleneous series consists of candid and posed portraits of NEC backstage and administrative staff, including Leon Denmark, General Manager of NEC; 41 negatives of identified and unidentifed production stills and portraits; and shots of NEC advertisements, promotional items and a view of its theater lobby.

The collection does not document the majority of NEC's productions or other activities.

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