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Called to the camera  : Black American studio photographers  Cover Image Book Book

Called to the camera : Black American studio photographers

Piper, Brian (Art museum curator), (author.). Mason, John Edwin, (author.). Williams, Carla, 1965- (author.). Lord, Russell, (author.). Taylor, Susan M., (writer of foreword.). New Orleans Museum of Art, (host institution,, publisher.).

Summary: From photography's beginnings in the United States, Black studio photographers operated on the developing edge of popular media to produce affirming portraits for their clients, as well as a wide range of photographic work rooted in their communities. Called to the Camera offers a comprehensive history of this work, from the nineteenth-century daguerreotypes of James Presley Ball to the height of Black studios in the mid-twentieth century, and considers contemporary photographers responding to Black studio traditions today. In addition to showcasing famous photographers such as Ball, James Van Der Zee, and Addison Scurlock, this volume brings attention to dozens of other artists across the country, including Florestine Perrault Collins, Austin Hansen, and Henry Clay Anderson. The book features more than one hundred extraordinary vintage photographs, many of them unique objects and some, like those by the Hooks Brothers Studio, published here for the first time. Highlighting Black subjects on both sides of the camera, Called to the Camera presents a broader and more inclusive history of photography.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780300267389
  • ISBN: 030026738X
  • Physical Description: print
    226 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 x 26 cm
  • Publisher: [New Orleans] : New Orleans Museum of Art, [2023]
  • Distributor: New Haven : Yale University Press

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 218-221).
Formatted Contents Note: Director's foreword / Susan M. Taylor -- Introduction / Russell Lord -- "Where there's beauty we take it, and where there's none we can make it:" the work of Black American photography studios / Brian Piper -- Nobody's "faithful servant:" Henry Martin represents himself / John Edwin Mason -- The art of seeing as being seen / Carla Williams.
Exhibitions Note:
Published in the occasion of the exhibition of the same title, held at New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Sept. 15 2022-January 8, 2023.
Subject: African American portrait photographers Exhibitions
African American photographers Exhibitions
African Americans Portraits Exhibitions
African Americans in art Exhibitions
Black people in art Exhibitions
Portrait photography United States History Exhibitions
Photographes portraitistes noirs américains Expositions
Photographes noirs américains Expositions
Photographie États-Unis Histoire Expositions
Portraits (Photographie) États-Unis Expositions
African American photographers
Photography
History
United States
Genre: History.
Exhibition catalogs.
Photobooks.

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