Picturing Black History: Photographs and Stories that Changed the World (Hardcover)

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“An astonishing work, Picturing Black History offers a trove of both famous and unseen photos with brief, poignant accompanying essays to show not only the centrality of Black people to American history but also how African Americans used the photographer’s lens to tell their own stories. The editors, authors, and Getty images have created a beautiful book that stands on its own as a work of art, a veritable museum in print.” HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Alphonse Fletcher University ProfessorHarvard University

A groundbreaking collection of photographs and essays that shed new light on the history of Black America, from the Picturing Black History project

Picturing Black History uncovers untold stories and rarely seen images of the Black experience, providing new context around culturally significant moments, as part of an ongoing collaborative effort between Getty Images, Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, and the History Departments at The Ohio State and Miami Universities.

Picturing Black History informs, educates, and inspires our current moment by exploring the past, blending the breadth and depth of Getty Images’s archives with the renowned expertise of Origins contributors and The Ohio State’s and Miami’s History Departments, including Daniela Edmeier, Damarius Johnson, Nicholas Breyfogle, and Steve Conn.

Created by a growing collective of professional historians, art historians, Black Studies scholars, and photographers, this book is full of rousing, vibrant essays paired with rarely seen photographs that expand our understanding of Black history. Showcasing Getty Images’s unmatched collection of photographs, Picturing Black History embraces the power of visual storytelling to relay little-known stories of oppression and resistance, perseverance and resilience, freedom, dreams, imagination, and joy within the United States and around the world.

In collecting these new photographic essays, this book furthers an ongoing dialogue on the significance of Black history and Black life, sharing new perspectives on the current status of prejudice and discrimination bias with a wider audience. Picturing Black History embraces the power of academic learning and scholarship to recontextualize and dispel prejudices, while uncovering, digitizing, and preserving new archival materials to amplify a more inclusive visual landscape.

About the Author


Daniela Edmeier is a Managing Editor of Picturing Black History. She is a PhD Candidate in History at The Ohio State University, where she studies immigration, race and ethnicity, and settler colonialism in French Algeria. Damarius Johnson is a PhD Student at The Ohio State University. He is a public historian whose research examines intersecting traditions of Black museum-building in the United States and West Africa. Nicholas B. Breyfogle is a co-editor of the online magazines Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective and Picturing Black History and Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University and Director of the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching. Steven Conn is a co-editor of the online magazines Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective and Picturing Black History and W. E. Smith Professor of History, Miami University.

Praise For…


“An astonishing work, Picturing Black History offers a trove of both famous and unseen photos with brief, poignant accompanying essays to show not only the centrality of Black people to American history but also how African Americans used the photographer’s lens to tell their own stories. The editors, authors, and Getty images have created a beautiful book that stands on its own as a work of art, a veritable museum in print.”
— HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419769559
ISBN-10: 1419769553
Publisher: Abrams Books
Publication Date: November 12th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English