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‘Picturing Children’ Shows More Than A Century Of African-American Childhoods

BY   All Things Considered  |  PUBLISHER   NPR 

After more than a decade in the making, the Smithsonian’s newest museum is scheduled to open this fall. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public after a dedication ceremony Sept. 24.
As a part of the museum’s launch, founding director Lonnie Bunch is overseeing the publication of a special series of picture books featuring photographs from the museum’s collection, called Double Exposure.

Previous installments focused on pictures from the civil rights movement and portraits of African-American women through the years. But the most recent installment, Picturing Children, comes at a particularly poignant time in the country, not so long after the country continues to mourn the deaths of young African-Americans like 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Picturing Children attempts to show what it’s been like for African-American children to grow up over the last century, and even before.



Double Exposure: Picturing Children
National Museum of African American History and Culture – Author
The fourth volume in the series, Double Exposure: Picturing Children features a diverse selection of photographs: spontaneous records of intimate family moments, playtime, and communal activities as well as posed portraits. Photographers include Henry Clay Anderson, Wayne F. Miller, Joe Schwartz, Jamel Shabazz, Milton Williams and Ernest C. Withers. The volume includes short reflections on individual photographs which explore how the images speak not only to past experiences of African American youth, but also to our evolving concepts of childhood, youth engagement in American society and the future. Paperback, 88 Pages, 60 color illustrations; 5.9″ x 8.3″.

Double Exposure is a major new series based on the remarkable photography collection supporting the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.

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