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Visual journal : Harlem and D.C. in the thirties and forties

Author: Deborah Willis; Jane Lusaka
Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1996.
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Visual Journal celebrates the work of five African American photographers who documented segregated black communities in Washington, D.C., rural Virginia, and New York City in the 1930s and 1940s. These photographers - Robert H. McNeill, Gordon Parks, Robert S. Scurlock, Morgan and Marvin Smith - produced extraordinary images that recover today the fullness of African American life in the years when it remained  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Visual journal.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)604721920
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Willis; Jane Lusaka
ISBN: 1560986913 9781560986911
OCLC Number: 33971305
Description: xiii, 208 pages : illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
Contents: Photojournalism in Harlem : Morgan and Marvin Smith and the construction of power, 1934-1943 / Melissa Rachleff --
Seeking a cultural equality : the visual record of Robert H. McNeill / Jane Lusaka --
Robert H. McNeill and the profusion of Virginia experience / Nicholas Natanson --
The Scurlock Studio / Jane Freundel Levey --
Flashback : Gordon Parks and the image of the capital city / Deborah Willis.
Responsibility: edited by Deborah Willis and Jane Lusaka.

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Visual Journal celebrates the work of five African American photographers who documented segregated black communities in Washington, D.C., rural Virginia, and New York City in the 1930s and 1940s. These photographers - Robert H. McNeill, Gordon Parks, Robert S. Scurlock, Morgan and Marvin Smith - produced extraordinary images that recover today the fullness of African American life in the years when it remained little noticed by the larger society. The work presented in Visual Journal, executed between 1929 and 1949, captures the rhythms of daily commerce and societybaptisms, picnics, business meetings, cotillions, and sports events. Ranging from dynamic shots of street scenes to stylized studio portraiture, the photographs portray how the Depression, the New Deal, Jim Crow laws, the Great Migration, and the Second World War affected black families and community relationships. As if they were contemporary griots retelling their communities' stories, these photographers recorded African Americans engaging in acts of devotion and conflict, rejoicing in efforts to "uplift the race," and maintaining dignity in a so-called separate but equal society. Visual Journal not only pays tribute to the photographers' versatility and talent but also offers valuable insight into the creative community life that flourished despite the strictures of segregation.

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