Photo Criticism & History

Photo Criticism & Theoretical

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Hill & Wang, New York. Translation 1981.
---. La chamber Claire: Notes sur la photographie. Cahiers du cinema & Gallimard Seuil 1980.
---. Mythologies. Hill and Wang 1972.

*Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others. Picador 2003.
---. On Photography. FS&G 1977.
* ---. On Photography. Anchor Books 1990.

Carrie Mae Weems, The Hampton Project, Aperture 2000.

Sander L. Gilman, Disease and Representation: Images of Illness from Madness to AIDS. Cornell University Press, 1988.

Crary, Jonathan. Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century. MIT Press, 1992.

Beaumont Newhall, Photography: Essays & Images, Illustrated Readings in the History of Photography. The Museum of Modern Art, 1980.

Henry Louis Gates, Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the ‘Racial’ Self. Oxford UP, 1987.

Alan Trachtenberg, Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol, Second Edition University of Chicago Press (1965) republished 1979.

African American Cultural Theory & History (Background to Photographic History)
*W.E.B. Du Bois, The Illustrated Souls of Black Folk, (1903), edited by Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr. Paradigm Publishers 2005.
W.E.B. Du Bois on Asia: Crossing the World Color Line. Edited by Bill V. Mullen and Cathryn Watson, University Press of Mississippi 2005.
Pierre Hauser, Great Ambitions: From the “Separate But equal” Doctrine to the Birth of the NAACP (1896-1909). Chelsea House Publishers, 1995

----. The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1899.
---. The Souls of Black Folk, 1903.
---. Quest of the Silver Fleece, 1911.
---. Darkwater: Voices Within the Veil, 1920.
---. Dark Princess: A Romance. Harcourt Brace reprint 1928.
---. Black Reconstruction in America, 1935.
---. The Black Flame Trilogy: Part I: The Ordeal of Mansart 1957.
Part II: Mansart Builds a School, 1959.
The Black Flame Trilogy: Part III: Worlds of Color 1961.
The Best of the Brownies’ Book edited by Dianne Johnson Feelings. The Opie Library/Oxford UP 1996.
David Levering Lewis, W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963. Henry Holt 2003.

World’s Fairs:
*Christopher Robert Reed, All the World is Here! The Black Presence at White City. Indiana UP 2000.
Robert Rydell, All the World’s a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876-1916. University of Chicago Press 1984.

Jim Crow:
Richard Wormser, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. St. Martin’s Press 2003.
Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography. Geoffrey Ward et al. Knopf 2001.
Dora Apel, Imagery of Lynching: Black Men, Black Women, and the Mob. Rutgers UP 2004.
Christopher Metress, The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative, 2002.

Paul Dickson and Thomas Allen, The Bonus Army: An American Epic. Walker 2004.

St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton, Black Metropolis
Timuel D. Black Jr., Bridges of Memory: Chicago’s First Wave of Black Migration. Northwestern University Press and Dusable Museum of African American History, 2003.

Visual Culture:
Jacob Lawrence, Migration Series, MOMA Collection 1935.

Miscellaneous Projects:
*Donald Alexander Downs, Cornell 69: Liberalism and the Crisis of the American University. Cornell UP 1999.
The Routledge Atlas of African American History. Jonathan Earle, Routledge 2000.

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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.