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The Black Panthers: Photographs by Stephen Shames (signed by artist)

Shames, Stephen and Charles E. Jones; Bobby Seale

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ISBN 10: 1597110248 / ISBN 13: 9781597110242
Published by Aperture, 2006
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Hardcover without dustjacket as issued, 152 pages; very good condition; light rubbing to covers; signed by Stephen Shames on first page; no other internal marks. Foreign shipping may be extra. Bookseller Inventory # ThShAp85

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Title: The Black Panthers: Photographs by Stephen ...

Publisher: Aperture

Publication Date: 2006

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In 1966, as the largely nonviolent Civil Rights movement swept through America, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the legendary Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. Revered by some and vilified by others, the party burst onto the scene with a militant vision for social change and the empowerment of African-Americans. Its methods were so controversial and polarizing that in 1968, FBI head J. Edgar Hoover described the organization as the country's greatest threat to internal security. During the height of the movement, from 1967 to 1973, photographer Stephen Shames had unprecedented access to the organization. He captured not only its public face--street demonstrations, protests and militant armed posturing--but also life behind the scenes, from private Party meetings to Bobby Seale at work on his Oakland mayoral campaign. Shames was prolific and his archive of Panther images is the largest in the world, presenting an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement. Released on the occasion of the Party's fortieth anniversary, this illuminating publication gathers an astonishing collection of never-before-published images, offering an electrifying visual history. Panther newspapers, posters and other ephemera help convey the ethos of the Panthers and of a transformative period of social upheaval for the whole nation.

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STEPHEN SHAMES was born in Brooklyn. He has published three books with Aperture (Pursuing the Dream, Outside the Dream, and Empower Zone - featuring photographs by teenagers he taught). His work is deeply engaged with social issues such as poverty and race, and he has worked in collaboration with numerous not-for-profit organizations and art museums. Shames's images are in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; University of California's Bancroft Library, Berkeley; San Jose Art Museum; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has received awards from Kodak (Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism), Leica, ICP, and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial (RFK Journalism Award). CHARLES E. JONES is the Chair of the African-American studies department at Georgia State University, Atlanta. He has written extensively on the Black Panthers and is the editor of The Black Panther Party [Reconsidered]. WILLIAM JENNINGS, a former Black Panther, edits It's About Time, a newsletter for former Panthers.

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