A century of Harlem, through the eyes and lenses of some of the most important artists and photographers of the twentieth century. The vibrant and bustling neighborhood occupying the upper reaches of Manhattan has been at the crossroads of the artistic, literary, and political currents of the African-American community since the early days of the twentieth century.
Home to writers and revolutionaries, artists and agitators, Harlem has been both subject and inspiration for countless photographers. This sweeping photographic survey includes nearly two hundred images that tell the story of Harlem - its distinctive landscape and extraordinary inhabitants - throughout the twentieth century. Featured artists include: Gordon Parks, James VanDerZee, Eve Arnold, Alice Attie, Cornell Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Dawoud Bey, Chester Higgins, Jr., Helen Levitt, Aaron Siskind, Bruce Davidson, Roy DeCarava, Leonard Freed, Carl Van Vechten, and Weegee. The book features essays by leading scholars of African-American studies and art - including Deborah Willis, Cheryl Finley, Elizabeth Alexander, and Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - which are paired with the work of eighty artists and photographers, affording this enclave the richest chronicling in its history.
About the Author
Thelma Golden is director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Deborah Willis is a professor of Africana studies at New York University.
Cheryl Finley is associate professor of art and African American studies at Cornell University.
Elizabeth Alexander is an American poet, essayist, and professor.
Praise for Harlem: A Century in Images…
“Harlem: A Century in Images (Skira Rizzoli, $55), the Studio Museum in Harlem’s broad and beautiful new photographic survey of the neighborhood, has a narrative only in the literal sense: It documents 100 years of urban churn in a vitally important neighborhood.” ~New York Magazine
“Harlem with and intro by Thelma Golden ($55.00, 256 pages) brings back a century of images, some poignant, some stirring, some historical, all moving.”~Global Writes
“…provides an intimate look at some of the greatest icons in Black history of the past century in one of the most iconic of locales: Harlem… this book supplements the stories through nearly 200 stark, powerful pictures of the famous as well as everyday people in this legendary, culturally-rich pillar of New York…. Add Harlem: A Century in Images to your personal collection. It doesn’t disappoint.” ~Ask A Woman Who Knows