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Words and images come together in this inspiring collaboration between
renowned poet Ntozake Shange and Kamoinge Inc., a group of acclaimed
photographers whose work documents and celebrates the African-American
Collaborations between writers and photographers have provided African
Americans with important focus for issues of identity and representation -- or
lack thereof -- ever since the first publication of The Sweet Flypaper of Life
by Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava in 1955. Frank Stewart, with his fellow
photographers in Kamoinge Inc., and Ntozake Shange -- a longtime fan of
photography -- were inspired by this landmark work and committed themselves to
continuing the tradition and the artistic conversation into this first decade of
this new millennium.
In 1963, Roy DeCarava -- renowned photographer and first president of the
Kamoinge Workshop -- set the aesthetic and philosophical tone of the group in
response to biased representations of African Americans in the media. As
image-makers, the Kamoinge members have sought to shed positive light on their
subjects, and to demystify Black life in America. With stunning images from such
acclaimed photographers as Anthony Barboza, Adger W. Cowans, Ming Smith Murray,
andpoems by Ntozake Shange, one of the most accomplished writers of her time,
The Sweet Breath of Life is a rich and thought-provoking book, destined to
become a classic work of American photography and literature.
The Sweet Breath of Life
A Poetic Narrative of the African-American Family
by Ntozake Shange
Edited by Frank Stewart
Photography by Kamoinge Workshop
Publisher: Atria (Simon & Schuster)
Publication Date: 2004
Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
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