Generations in Black and White: Photographs from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection by Rudolph ByrdGenerations in Black and White: Photographs from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection by Rudolph Byrd

Generations in Black and White: Photographs from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection

EditorRudolph ByrdPhotographed byCarl Vechten

Paperback | February 1, 2014

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This portfolio of eighty-three photographs constitutes a stunning celebration of African American achievement in the twentieth century. Carl Van Vechten, a longtime patron of black writers and artists, took these photographs over the course of three decades—primarily as gifts to his subjects, such luminaries as W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Joe Louis, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Ruby Dee, Lena Horne, and James Earl Jones.

The photographs Rudolph P. Byrd has selected for this volume come from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters, which Van Vechten established at Yale University. Byrd has arranged the images chronologically, according to the time at which each subject emerged as a vital presence in African American tradition.

Complementing the photographs are a substantial introduction by Byrd, biographical sketches of each subject, and poems by the noted writer Michael S. Harper. The result is a volume of beauty and power, a record of black excellence that will engage and inform new generations.

RUDOLPH P. BYRD (1953–2011) was a professor of African American Literature and director of African American Studies, Emory University. CARL VAN VECHTEN (1880–1964) was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein.
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Title:Generations in Black and White: Photographs from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial CollectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2014Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820346179

ISBN - 13:9780820346175

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A visual and chronological history of the movers and shapers of the Harlem Renaissance. . . . A true history, and nonesuch other compilation exists.

- Quarterly Black Review of Books