Photographs from the Memphis World

$20.00Price

Long considered lost, these photographs from one of Memphis's leading African American newspapers, the Memphis World, published from 1931 to 1973, chronicle the complexity and variety of its readers' lives. In marked contrast with the reporting in white newspapers, which selectively focused on poverty, violence, and civil rights protests, the World, like many black newspapers, celebrated the accomplishments and documented the challenges faced by the city's diverse population. The paper regularly published photographs by Ernest Withers, Mark Stansbury, Hooks Brothers Photography, and R. Earl Williams, among others. Behind these seemingly ordinary images, however, is evidence of the courage, dignity, and ingenuity of African Americans in the Jim Crow South.

 

Photographs from the Memphis World, 1949-1964 is published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. It includes essays by Marina Pacini, the museum's chief curator and exhibition curator; Deborah Willis, New York University professor and internationally recognized authority on African American photography; and Russell Wigginton, historian, Rhodes College. Each of the fifty-six photographs reproduced is elucidated by a short essay. Many of the images are accompanied by newspaper accounts or interviews with the people pictured or with their families to further explore the history of the photographs.

Contact Us

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle
  • LinkedIn - Black Circle
  • YouTube - Black Circle
  • Yelp - Black Circle

Withers Collection

Museum & Gallery

333 Beale Street

Memphis, TN 38103

(901) 523-2344

info@witherscollection.org

Withers Collection

Licensing & Research | Volunteer|  Facility Rental | Shop |Programs | Press | Curriculum | Contact |

Terms & Conditions |

Privacy Policy| Staff Log In 

 

Plan A Trip to the Withers Collection

Special Thanks To:

logan.png
City of Memphis
Plough Logo.png
TN Arts Commission
First Tennesee Foundation Arts First
tn stat musum.png
Arts Memphis
assisi foundation.png

© 2018 Withers Collection Inc. All Rights Reserved