Notes: The first of four volumes seeking to define " a new Blackness, real and strong as our history, pushing consciousness toward a new place" through photography. At the time Joe Crawford started this series, African American photographers had been almost completely left out of the photographic literature. See the essay by Carla Williams in Aperture 223 for a short study of the place of this book in photographic history.
The images are virtually all untitled, captioned only with the photographer's name and a place. The first half of the book is devoted to individual images; the second half offers portfolios by Roy DeCarava, Ming Smith, James Van Der Zee, Mikki Ferrill, and others.
With a one-page foreword by Toni Morrison. 144 pages. 8-1/2 by 10 inches.
Edition + Condition: First edition, wrappers (paperback) issue (also issued in hardcover). A near fine copy with a small scratch on the front cover and slight bending to a few page corners.
Publication: Brooklyn: Black Photographers Annual, 1972.
Item No: #360893