Photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture Everyday Beauty features fifty-five images that pay visual tribute to the extraordinary style and aesthetic of African American figures, famous and anonymous, by highlighting themes of self-representation, resilience, and civic engagement.
The photographs depict people across generations showing how staged and candid moments can be both beautiful and precious. African Americans have long recognized the power of images and used them to document moments?from the monumental to everyday.
It features photos by, amongst many others, Wayne F. Miller, Arthur Rothstein, Charles "Teenie" Harris, Al Pereira, Frank . Stewart, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Dawoud Bey, who was named as MacArthur Foundation 2017 `Genius' Grant Winner. There are remarkable images by African American photographer John Johnson- whose plate glass negatives offer a rare glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans in Lincoln, Nebraska before World War I-and studio portraits by the Calvert Brothers of Nashville, Tennessee, and William J. Kuebler, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from the early twentieth century. Personal reflections by photographers Builder Levy and Zun Lee, and contributions from collector Adreinne Waheed and curator Rhea L. Combs are new features in this series.
Softcover, 72 pages, 7.1/8" x 7.1/8", 60 color and b&w photographs.