Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

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Ming Smiths poetic and experimental images are icons of twentieth-centuryAfrican-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 Smiths work, celebrating her trademark lyricism, distinctively blurred silhouettes, dynamic street scenes, and deep devotion to theater, music, poetry, and dance―from thePittsburgh 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 Smiths singular vision, copublished by Aperture and Documentary Arts,promises to be an enduring contribution to the history of American photography.

Author: Emmanuel Iduma, Janet Hill Talbert, M. Neelika Jayawardane, Namwali Serpell, Greg Tate, Arthur Jafa, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Yxta Maya Murray

  • Hardcover
  • 236 pages
  • 10 × 12 in.
  • Published by Aperture (first edition, November 12, 2020)
  • ISBN: 978-1597114820