Brathwaite: Black is Beautiful

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Black is Beautiful

By Kwame Brathwaite (Photographer)

Text by Tanisha C. Ford and Deborah Willis

In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the political slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” This monograph―the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career―tells the story of a key, but under-recognized, figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.

Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite, along with his older brother, Elombe Brath, founded the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) and the Grandassa Models (1962). AJASS was a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers; Grandassa Models was a modeling agency for black women, founded to challenge white beauty standards. From stunning studio portraits of the Grandassa Models to behind-the-scenes images of Harlem’s artistic community, including Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, and Miles Davis, this book offers a long-overdue exploration of Brathwaite’s life and work.

Hardcover, 144 pages

Dimensions: 8.5" x 10.625" x 0.75"

This monograph accompanies the Detroit Institute of of Arts exhibition "Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite" which runs from Friday, October 8, 2021 - Sunday, January 16, 2022.

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  • Beverly F Berry - Jan 18th 2022

    5
    Brathwaite: Black is Beautiful

    I bought two books as gifts. My sister had attended the exhibition in October and loved it. The book was a great addition. I bought the other copy for my niece, who lives in LA. It just so happens she teaches Mr. Brathwaite's children Art at a charter school in California. She was also very pleased with the book. Additionally, she had a chance to see the exhibition during the holidays.

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  • Beverly F Berry - Jan 18th 2022

    5
    Brathwaite: Black is Beautiful

    I bought two books as gifts. My sister had attended the exhibition in October and loved it. The book was a great addition. I bought the other copy for my niece, who lives in LA. It just so happens she teaches Mr. Brathwaite's children Art at a charter school in California. She was also very pleased with the book. Additionally, she had a chance to see the exhibition during the holidays.