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Monographs or surveys on the history of photography and notable photographers from the mid-19th Century to the present.

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Johnston, Frances B., The Hampton Album, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1966, first edition, oblong 12mo (9.5, SB, ivory paper wraps w/ brown titles & b/w photo illus., VG / none. Edges worn, wraps a bit rubbed, 2 spots on front cover.

55 pp. 40 full-page b&w gravure printed photographs, taken by Johnston during 1899-1900, of scenes at the Hampton Institute, a school for African Americans and later Native Americans founded in 1868 by General Samuel C. Armstong, chief of the Freedmen's Bureau. Introduction by Lincoln Kirstein, who came accross an “old and scuffed” leather-bound album in a Washington, D.C. bookstore during WWII; in 1966 he made a gift of the volume to the MoMA and an exhibition was gathered around the images in the album.

"The images Miss Johnston found grip us by their soft, sweet monochrome. In them, hearts beat, breath is held; time ticks. Eyelids barely flutter. Outside of Hampton there is an ogre’s world of cruel competition and insensate violence, but while we are here, all the fair words that have been spoken to the outcast and injured are true. Promises are kept. Hers is the promised land." —Lincoln Kirstein, 1966     [Book ID # 1884]


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