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Researching African American Photographers

Selected sources of information aiding research on African American photographers.

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Books and Articles

Here are some of the articles that can be found within UMBC's databases collections

“African Past or American Present?: The Visual Eloquence of James VanDerZee’s Identical Twins” by Louise Siddons. 

Publication Date: June 1, 2013

America: History and Life


“Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video/ Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series” by Jody B. Cutler.

Publication Date: May/June 2014

Arts Abstracts


"Lorna Simpson's Fabricated Truths" by Nika Elder

Publication Date: Spring 2018

Art Journal


Maurice Berger on his Race Stories column for the Lens Section of the New York Times

Essays that are included on UMBC website


“Picture of Prosperity” by David Zax.

Publication Date: Fall 2010

America: History & Life


Review on "Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle" by Zoe Trodd

Publication Date: 2012

Journal for the Study of Radicalism


"Southern Looks? A History of African American Missionary Photography of Africa, 1890s-1930s" by Elisabeth Engel

Publication Date: May 2018

Journal of American Studies


The Call of the Drums” by Roland Freeman.

Publication Date: October 1978



The Scurlock Studio by Jane Freundel Levey.

Publication Date: Spring 1989



“‘To Develop our Business:’ Addison Scurlock, Photography, and the National Negro Business League, 1900-1920” by W. Brian Piper.

Publication Date: Fall 2016

America: History and Life


Visualizing Memory: Photographs and the Art of Biography by Deborah Willis.

Publication Date: Spring 2003