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Willis, Deborah 1948-

Works: 167 works in 390 publications in 1 language and 22,579 library holdings
Genres: History  Portraits  Illustrated works  Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs  Biographies  Reference works  Bio-bibliography  Bibliographies  Exhibition, pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, wpr, Other, Author of introduction, wst, Redactor, Contributor, Interviewer, Moderator
Classifications: TR680, 770.8996073
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Deborah Willis
Reflections in Black : a history of Black photographers, 1840 to the present by Deborah Willis( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 1,828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows that the history of black photographers intertwines with the story of African American life, as seen through photographs ranging from antebellum weddings and 1960s protest marches, to portraits of contemporary black celebrities
Harlem Renaissance : art of Black America by David C Driskell( Book )

12 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 1,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1920s, Harlem, "the cultural capital of Black America," was host to some of America's finest and most daring writers, actors, musicians, and artist. Black artists contributed to Harlem's excitement by creating art which expressed their identity and introduced Black themes into American modernism. Among the artists who achieved international fame during the Harlem Renaissance were the sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller, painter and book illustrator Aaron Douglas, and painters Palmer Hayden and William H. Johnson. Through their talents, the Black artist emerged for the first time as an identifiable force and a vital part of American culture. In this publication, with 140 illustration, their art is complemented by the photographs of James Van Der Zee, the great documentary photographer of Harlem in the 1920s. Photographs of the artists and other Harlem notables by Carl Van Vechten, a White patron of the Renaissance, complete the story. -- From publisher's description
Envisioning emancipation : Black Americans and the end of slavery by Deborah Willis( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this pioneering book, renowned photographic historian Deborah Willis and historian of slavery Barbara Krauthamer have amassed nearly 150 photographs--some never before published--from the antebellum days of the 1850s through the New Deal era of the 1930s. The authors vividly display the seismic impact of emancipation on African Americans born before and after the Proclamation, providing a perspective on freedom and slavery and a way to understand the photos as documents of engagement, action, struggle, and aspiration ... From photos of the enslaved on plantations and African American soldiers and camp workers in the Union Army to Juneteenth celebrations, slave reunions, and portraits of black families and workers in the American South, the images in this book challenge perceptions of slavery. They show not only what the subjects emphasized about themselves but also the ways Americans of all colors and genders opposed slavery and marked its end."--Dust jacket
Black Venus, 2010 : they called her "Hottentot" by Deborah Willis( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black Venus 2010 traces Baartman's memory in our collective histories, as well as her symbolic history in the construction and identity of black women as artists, performers, and icons. The wide-ranging essays, poems, and images in Black Venus 2010 represent some of the most compelling responses to Baartman. Each one grapples with the enduring legacy of this young African woman who forever remains a touchstone for black women."--Pub. desc
VanDerZee, photographer 1886-1983 by Deborah Willis( Book )

17 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The career of the African-American photographer James VanDerZee spanned 80 years, from his turn-of-the-century photographs of family and friends in Lenox, Massachusetts, to his late portraits, made when he was in his nineties, of Bill Cosby, Eubie Blake and Jean-Michel Basquiat. VanDerZee is best remembered as the eyes of the Harlem Renaissance, and this book reproduces some of the thousands of photographs he took between the wars in New York's Harlem, where he ran the leading commercial photographic studio. They include portraits of celebrities and community leaders; children and families; weddings and parties; documentary photographs; and photographs of nudes or whimsical subjects for calendars and posters. This study includes many of VanDerZee's best-known images, and essays discussing his life and work
Posing beauty : African American images, from the 1890s to the present by Deborah Willis( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Showcases portrait photography of African Americans taken from the 1890s through the 2000s, along with text discussing the evolution of the idea of beauty for men and women
Through a lens darkly : black photographers and the emergence of a people by Thomas Allen Harris( Visual )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black, Through a Lens Darkly casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris's family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. The film is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens
Black photographers, 1840-1940 : an illustrated bio-bibliography by Deborah Willis( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harlem Renaissance : art of Black America( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One hundred fifty works by Black artists in Harlem during the 1920s from the exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem
Picturing us : African American identity in photography( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 18 stimulating essays, black writers, scholars and critics reflect on individual photographs-often a family snapshot-to address questions of black identity
An illustrated bio-bibliography of Black photographers, 1940-1988 by Deborah Willis( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A visual testimony of the black community through the photographer as witness, documenter, artist and recorder"--Back cover
The black female body : a photographic history by Deborah Willis( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Searching for photographic images of black women, Deborah Willis and Carla Williams were startled to find them by the hundreds. In long-forgotten books, in art museums, in European and US archives and private collections, a hidden history of representation awaited discovery. The Black Female Body offers a stunning array of familiar and many virtually unknown photographs. Willis and Williams show how photographs reflected Western culture's fascination with black women's bodies, reinforcing beliefs about racial differences and hierarchies. The authors also show how the powerful images created by twentieth-century photographers increasingly challenged these false beliefs."--Jacket
A small nation of people : W.E.B. Du Bois and African-American portraits of progress by David Levering Lewis( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the world prepared for the Exposition Universalle de 1900 in Paris, W.E.B. Du Bois was approached to help represent African American life. He came with a cache of stunning photographs to illustrate the progress of Negroes in America-thereby offering a photographic counterpoint to the prolific stereotyping of blacks that left viewers awestruck. With insights from Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis and Mac-Arthur Fellow photo historian Deborah Willis, A Small Nation of People presents more than one hundred and fifty of these important photographs together for the first time since their initial unveiling. Here is an incredible treasure trove of illustrations of African Americans in front of their new businesses, universities, and homes-sometimes modest, sometimes elegant. Here, too, are beautiful Victorian-era portraits of blacks whose varied hues show how diverse black Americans truly were. Viewed together, the collection reveals in glorious detail what Du Bois saw-a small nation of people prepared to make their mark on America
Obama : the historic campaign in photographs by Deborah Willis( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A photographic chronicle of Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign documents his family, his fellow candidates, the voters who selected him, his speeches, and memorable campaign moments and events
Black : a celebration of a culture by Deborah Willis( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Willis (photography, Tisch School of the Arts, New York U.) has assembled an exhilarating collection of black & white photographs in this handsome oversize (10.25x11.25") volume that celebrates Black culture
Charles White : a retrospective by Charles White( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a revelatory reassessment of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century: Charles White (1918-1979) is best known for bold, large-scale paintings and drawings of African Americans, meticulously executed works that depict human relationships and socioeconomic struggles with a remarkable sensitivity. This comprehensive study offers a much-needed reexamination of the artist's career and legacy. With handsome reproductions of White's finest paintings, drawings, and prints, the volume introduces his work to contemporary audiences, reclaims his place in the art-historical narrative, and stresses the continuing relevance of his insistent dedication to producing positive social change through art. Tracing White's career from his emergence in Chicago to his mature practice as an artist, activist, and educator in New York and Los Angeles, leading experts provide insights into White's creative process, his work as a photographer, his political activism and interest in history, the relationship between his art and his teaching, and the importance of feminism in his work. A preface by Kerry James Marshall addresses White's significance as a mentor to an entire generation of practitioners and underlines the importance of this largely overlooked artist"--
Question bridge : Black males in America by Deborah Willis( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Question Bridge assembles a series of questions posed to black men, by and for other black men, along with the corresponding responses and portraits of the participants. The questions range from the comic to the sublimely philosophical: from "Am I the only one who has problems eating chicken, watermelon, and bananas in front of white people?" to "Why is it so difficult for black American men in this culture to be themselves, their essential selves, and remain who they truly are?" The answers tackle the issues that continue to surround black male identity today in a uniquely honest, no-holds-barred manner. While the ostensible subject is black men, the conversation that evolves in these pages is ultimately about the nature of living in a post-Obama, post-Ferguson, post-Voting Rights Act America. Question Bridge is about who we are and what we mean to one another. Most critically, it asks: how can we start to dismantle the myths and misconceptions that have evolved around race and gender in America--how can we reset the narrative about ourselves, just as #blacklivesmatter has reset the narrative of civil protest? The founding artists, along with contributions from Ambassador Andrew Young, Jesse Williams, Rashid Shabazz, and Delroy Lindo, will introduce and contextualize the body of the work and provide closing remarks on our current and future social climate."--Back cover
One shot Harris : the photographs of Charles "Teenie" Harris by Stanley Crouch( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The career of noted Afro-American photographer "Teenie Harris" is demonstrated through this collection of his portraits taken mostly in Pittsburgh
North of Dixie : civil rights photography beyond the South by Mark Speltz( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Broadens view of the civil rights movement as taking place only in the South during the 1960s with over 100 photographs from the North, Midwest, and West taken between 1938 and 1970, and with historical context of the black freedom struggle into the 21st century. Includes timeline with geographical locations"--Provided by publisher
Visual journal : Harlem and D.C. in the thirties and forties( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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Harlem Renaissance : art of Black America Harlem Renaissance : art of Black America
Harlem Renaissance : art of Black AmericaBlack Venus, 2010 : they called her "Hottentot"VanDerZee, photographer 1886-1983Posing beauty : African American images, from the 1890s to the presentHarlem Renaissance : art of Black AmericaPicturing us : African American identity in photographyThe black female body : a photographic historyA small nation of people : W.E.B. Du Bois and African-American portraits of progress
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