Harlem: A Century in Images

Posted by David Ozanich — 18 Feb 2011

7.jpgDiana Ross, 1965 by Bruce Davidson


Elvis Mitchell, noted film critic and all-around intellectual, hosts a show called "The Treatment" on KCRW in Southern California. Normally his guests are prominent filmmakers discussing their work. But this week he took time to interview Thelma Golden, the director of the Studio Museum of Harlem, about her recently published book Harlem: A Century in Images.

It starts with the question "What do Gordon Parks, James Vanderzee, Cornell Capa, Henri Cartier Bresson, Weegee and Richard Avedon have in common?" The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly to the astute reader, is that they all have work that appears in the new tome.

It's a great, fascinating, and wide-ranging interview that covers topics like black history, urbanity, the curatorial eye and, of course, the stunning images wherein subjects seem to burst from the frame. You can see a selection of images in this slideshow from New York magazine.

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