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Ming Smith.
An Aperture Monograph.


Photographs by Ming Smith. Contribution by Arthur Jafa and Emmanuel Iduma and Greg Tate and Hill Janet Talbert and Maya Yxta Murray and Namwali Serpell and Neelika M. Jayawardane and Ulrich Hans Obrist.
Aperture, New York, USA, 2020. In English. 236 pp., 8½x10½".

 
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Shortlisted by the Lucie Awards for Best First Photobook 2020.

Ming Smith’s poetic and experimental images are icons of twentieth-century African American life.

One of the greatest artist-photographers working today, Smith moved to New York in the 1970s and began to make images charged with startling beauty and spiritual energy. This long-awaited monograph brings together four decades of Smith’s work, celebrating her trademark lyricism, distinctively blurred silhouettes, dynamic street scenes, and deep devotion to theater, music, poetry, and dance―from the “Pittsburgh Cycle” plays of August Wilson to the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra. With never-before-seen images, and a range of illuminating essays and interviews, this tribute to Smith’s singular vision promises to be an enduring contribution to the history of American photography.

Copublished by Aperture and Documentary Arts


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