The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 100, July 1996 - April, 1997 Page: 254
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PORTRAITS OF COMMUNITY
AFRICAN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY IN TEXAS
Using a century of photographs taken by black photogra-
phers and detailed interviews with the men and women
behind those cameras, Portraits of Community creates a new
vision of a people. African Americans have for the most part
been absent from Texas's photographic history. Scholarly
texts on photography rarely mention black Texans, and few
museums have catalogued or displayed their work. Portraits
of Community redresses this situation by presenting more
than two hundred powerful
images of black Texans taken t
by a group of little-known black
Although a few photographs
of black Texas life by white
photographers are presented
for background and context,
the book focuses largely on
the growth and development
of vernacular and community
photography among African
Americans in Texas-pho-
tographs taken by individuals for their own use or by
commercial photographers to meet conusmer demand.
In addition to the introductory essay and interviews,
Portraits of Community also features the work of NAACP
photographers who documented the civil rights move-
ment and captured images of Martin Luther King Jr.,
Thurgood Marshall, and others. From straightforward
portraits to artistic impressions and historic moments,
these images reveal a sense of pride in community
that runs counter to media images of crime, violence,
ISBN 0-87611-153-3. 8% x 1i in., 376 pp., 200 duotone
photographs, index. Cloth, $49.95
Member's price, $42.46
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 100, July 1996 - April, 1997, periodical, 1997; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101218/m1/306/: accessed June 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.