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Muse by Mickalene Thomas
Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multi-textured, and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, has also identified the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas first began to photograph herself and her mother as a student...
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Afro Iran: The Unknown Minority by Mahdi Ehsaei
Ehsaei shows a side of Iran, which is widely unknown even to Iranians: a minority of people who influenced the culture of a whole region by continuing their African heritage with their clothing style, their music, their dance and their...
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Glenn Ligon "I Am A Man" journal
Use this notebook with pride as a reminder of the 1,300 Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation workers who took to the streets in 1968 to declare their humanity and register their indignation before the world. A simple, powerful declaration of rights and identity...
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The Louisiana Project by Carrie Mae Weems Sold out
It can't be a coincidence that The Louisiana Project has always been one of my favorite Carrie Mae Weems projects. This is an extremely scarce catalog of work commissioned specifically for this project and which you don't often see reproduced...
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The Notion of Family by LaToya Ruby Frazier
I remember when I first saw Frazier's photographs when she was just beginning to show them. I was blown away, so it's no surprise that she has gone on to become one of the most celebrated young photographers working today....
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Antonio Benjamin
This delightful volume features drawings by San Francisco-based Creativity Explored artist Antonio Benjamin. I've been collecting his work for years and actually own several that are in the book, so I was thrilled when it was published so that these...
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Hard to Place by Qiana Mestrich
An insightful artists' book from emerging artist Qiana Mestrich that touches upon personal histories, family narratives, untold stories, memory, and hope. Get this one now while you can—she's only going up from here. From the author: For all loves never...
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I Was a Negro Playboy 'Bunny' by Anna English
As we come to the end of an era with Playboy magazine ceasing to publish nudes in favor of a more literate format, perhaps we can better appreciate this extremely rare throwback to its scandalous origins: "The beautiful woman you...
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Josephine Baker by Leo Guild
I've never seen this paperback amongst the official Baker narratives, and the cover illustration looks, well, nothing like her, but if you're about all things Baker, it's a colorful addition for your collection. Trade paperback | good condition; some obvious...
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My White Friends by Myra Greene
Featured in The New York Times LENS blog, Greene's conceptual project captured readers' attention, resulting in a highly successful crowdfunding campaign that resulted in this provocative publication. My White Friends extends Myra Greene's 10-year exploration into photography's description of race. Images...
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New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition
Paperback | 158 pages | February 2013 With New Orleans Suite, Eric Porter and Lewis Watts join the post-Katrina conversation about New Orleans and its changing cultural scene. Using both visual evidence and the written word, Watts and Porter pay...
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O.D. At Sweet Claude's by Matt Gattzden
"Dope Kills Kids"Black psychologist Nathan Durham and Sweet Claude Saunders, owner of a New York City bar, had been Army buddies. But Claude had changed from a free 'n easy soldier. He looked over his shoulder like somebody was trying...
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Photo By Sammy Davis, Jr. by Burt Boyar
"A Zelig with a Rolleifex"—there was nothing Davis couldn't do, apparently. The greatest entertainer of the twentieth century was not only a master in front of the camera but behind it as well. From the author: "My friend had begun taking...
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Standards of Sadiddy by Jonathan Penton
Material Life is pleased to carry the latest publication from our neighbor and poet Jonathan Penton, founder and editor of Unlikelystories.org. “This book is safer than my satin cords,” Jonathan Penton tells readers of Standards of Sadiddy, a gritty collection...
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The Bald Mermaid by Sheila Bridges
This is a gorgeously designed, unique-format memoir from one of the leading interior designers working today.  From the publisher: The inspiring memoir of interior designer Sheila Bridges, The Bald Mermaid comprises engaging and deeply personal vignettes that explore questions of...
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The Testament Project, Volume 1 by Kris Graves
This publication was a marvelous surprise—I was ordering another title from Kris Graves Projects and he threw in a copy of his own publication. I was blown away and promptly ordered it for Material Life. From the author: The Testament Project is...
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Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
Hailing from the Trem̩é neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this...
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La guerre secrète de Joséphine Baker by Jacques Abtey
French 1948 software edition of La guerre secrète de Joséphine Baker. Avec une lettre autographe du Général De Gaulle. Paris, Siboney (1948), regarding her activities in the French resistance in WWII.  Some definite wear but still intact.   Very difficult...
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I slowly watched him disappear by Jason Hanasik
I slowly watched him disappear is a beautiful, sensitive project about masculinity and maturation.  The first of a three-part examination of the military body/masculinity. This first part focuses on the fantasy of the military body/masculinity seen through the eyes of Sharrod,...
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Kehinde Wiley: Memling
These eight portraits take their poses and contexts from the works by the legendary 15th century Flemish master Hans Memling but Wiley has substituted contemporary sitters for the historical figures. At a time when portraits were still rare, Memling was among...
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Grace by Elisabeth Sunday
Nazraeli Press in association with Peter Fetterman Gallery |Portland, Oregon | 2012 | As new in dark brown cloth, paste-on photographic plate on front cover, without jacket as issued | Printed on uncoated art paper and bound in Japanese cloth | Limited Edition | 1000...
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Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer
This beautifully produced and highly acclaimed book is packed with rarely seen photographs of Black actors, models, writers and entertainers of the early part of the 20th century, many of whom have been sorely neglected—until now.Author Nichelle Gainer scoured libraries...
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Michael Jackson: Before He Was King by Todd Gray
Hardcover with dust jacket | Chronicle Books | 2009 | As new Photographer Todd Gray worked with Michael Jackson for several years before Jackson requested that he become his personal photographer, a relationship that would encompass the singer's performances with...
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