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Black Panthers (Hardback)

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In the midst of the largely nonviolent Civil Rights movement sweeping through America, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the legendary Black Panther Party, in 1966, in Oakland, California. The Party, revered by some and vilified by others, burst onto the scene with a militant vision that embraced violent tactics to advance its revolutionary agenda for social change and the empowerment of African-Americans. Its methods were highly controversial and polarizing, so much so that in 1968, FBI head J. Edgar Hoover described the organization as the country's greatest threat to internal security. During the height of the movement, from 1967 to 1972, photographer Stephen Shames had unprecedented access to the organization and captured not only its public face - street demonstrations, protests, and militant armed posturing - but also unscripted behind-the-scenes moments, from private Party meetings held in its headquarters to Bobby Seale at work on his mayoral campaign in Oakland. Shames's prolific output has produced the largest archive of Panther images in the world.

His remarkable insider status enabled him to create an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement, during one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. history. Released on the occasion of the Party's fortieth anniversary, this illuminating publication gathers an astonishing collection of never-before-published photographs, conveying an electrifying visual history. With a selection of interviews with both central figures and rank-and-file Party members, conducted by former Panther William Jennings, and iconic illustrations from Panther newspapers, posters, and other ephemera, this groundbreaking book will convey the ethos of both the Panthers and a dynamic period of social upheaval. A traveling exhibition of this work opened in January 2006, at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, North Carolina.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyPhotography & photographsPhotographs: collectionsPhotographic reportageHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activism Publisher: Aperture Publication Date: 01/09/2006 ISBN-13: 9781597110242  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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STEPHEN SHAMES was born in Brooklyn. He has published three books with Aperture (Pursuing the Dream, Outside the Dream, and Empower Zone - featuring photographs by teenagers he taught). His work is deeply engaged with social issues such as poverty and race, and he has worked in collaboration with numerous not-for-profit organizations and art museums. Shames's images are in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; University of California's Bancroft Library, Berkeley; San Jose Art Museum; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has received awards from Kodak (Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism), Leica, ICP, and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial (RFK Journalism Award). CHARLES E. JONES is the Chair of the African-American studies department at Georgia State University, Atlanta. He has written extensively on the Black Panthers and is the editor of The Black Panther Party [Reconsidered]. WILLIAM JENNINGS, a former Black Panther, edits It's About Time, a newsletter for former Panthers.

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