An astonishing visual record taken by photographers directly engaged in the struggle
This powerful book portrays the civil rights movement through the eyes of nine remarkably sensitive and courageous photographers who were actively involved in this historic struggle, notably as members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). These men and women-Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randolph, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama-captured the heart and soul of this story of hope and dignity in the face of hostility and violence. The selected 150 black-and-white photos take readers on an unforgettable journey from Freedom Summer and the ensuing years of heartbreak and, ultimately, triumph. Kelen (executive director, Ctr. for Documentary Expression and Arts) organizes the book along four themes: "Black Life," "Organizing for Freedom," "State and Local Terror," and "The Meredith March." SNCC veteran Cobb contributes an enlightening text that guides readers through these poignant years. The book concludes with fascinating interviews and biographies of all nine photographers. Verdict Anyone interested in American social history, photography, and the civil rights movement will absolutely love this book. Highly recommended.-Raymond Bial, First Light Photography, Urbana, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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University Press of Mississippi
January 05, 2012
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