The 1900s

Alan Trachtenberg, Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Matthew Brady to Walker Evans, Hill and Wang 1989.

Frances Johnston Benjamin, Hampton Album, The Museum of Modern Art 1966.

Deborah Willis, Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present, Norton 2002.

David Levering Lewis et al, A Small Nation of People: W.E.B. DuBois and African American Portraits of Progress, Library of Congress 2003.

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Viewfindings: Black Women Photographers (1985), reprinted Writers and Publishers 1993. This book appears to be out-of-print but is available via the secondhand book market via the Amazon website or the American Book Exchange.com.  This is, no doubt, the most important book about the history of black women photographers ever written.

Negro Exhibition: http://memory.loc.gov/pp/pphome.html. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Talking in Pictures: Selected Bibliography
August Sander edited by Manfred Heiting, Taschen 1999
Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks, Skira and Stanford University 2006
Dancing at the Louvre, University of California Press 1999
Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective, A Bullfinch Press Book 1997
Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag Vintage Books 1979
James Agee Rediscovered: The Journals of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Other New Manuscripts edited by Michael A. Lofaro and Hugh Davis, University of Tennessee Press 2005
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans, Houghton Mifflin 1960
On Photography by Susan Sontag, Vintage Books 1977
Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present by Deborah Willis, WW Norton 2000
The Family of Man by Edward Steichen, The Museum of Modern Art 1955
The Harlem Book of the Dead by James VanDerZee et al, Morgan and Morgan 1978
The James VanDerZee Studio, The Art Institute of Chicago 2004
The PAS Newsletter: Pioneer American Society, Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes
Walker Evans: Cuba, The J Paul Getty Museum 2001
We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold, Duke UP 2002

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I am a writer and a professor of English at the City College of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. My books include Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1979), Invisibility Blues (1990), Black Popular Culture (1992), and Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2005). I write cultural criticism frequently and am currently working on a project on creativity and feminism among the women in my family, some of which is posted on the Soul Pictures blog.