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Black Artists in Photography, 1840-1940

George Sullivan

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ISBN 10: 0525652086 / ISBN 13: 9780525652083
Published by Dutton Juvenile, 1996
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Title: Black Artists in Photography, 1840-1940

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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A collection of works by various early African-American photographers celebrates the artistry of this previously ignored group of artists, including Jules Lion, Augustus Washington, James P. Ball, Addison Scurlock, Cornelius M. Battey, and the Goodridge brothers.


African-American photographers played an almost invisible role in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, their contribution to the art form largely overlooked and barely documented. Though this book is intended for ages 11 and up, Sullivan does not patronize young readers; he excels at placing his subjects in the context of their times, filling in the background with fine brushstrokes. James Van Der Zee, the best known black photographer, is excluded in favor of important but comparatively obscure names like pioneer daguerreotyper James P. Ball--whose studio rivaled Mathew Brady's--and portraitist Addison Scurlock.

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