First published in 1955, this book, widely considered a classic of photographic visual literature, was reprinted by public demand several times.This renowned, life-affirming collaboration between artist Roy DeCarava and writer Langston Hughes honors in words and pictures what the authors saw, knew, and felt deeply about life in their city. Images | Video (reprint of 1955 edition)Video (1985 edition)
Freedom, a Fable is an illustrated artist's book with text and pop-up silhouettes. At first glance it appears to be a nineteenth-century children's book, but it is decidedly not. It tells the story of an enslaved woman whose life after emancipation veers far from her dreams of meritocracy, revealing that Freedom, a Fable is not just the title of the work but is also the lesson to be learned. Images | Video
Transforming Hate (2007-present) is a project comprised of folded origami cranes, photographs, installations, artist books, other image-text narratives, and workshops with local community organizations. In this work, historical elements are used as a framing device to construct the evolution of our shared identity. Images | Video
In this, her first book, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier (born 1982) offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America's small towns, as embodied by Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier's hometown. The work also considers the impact of that decline on the community and on her family, creating a statement both personal and truly political. Video
From artist Carrie Mae Weems: "I am interested in history and memory and stories as told by ordinary everyday people. In this artist's book, historical elements are used as a framing device to construct my own personal narrative within our society's shared history of trauma. Images | Video
One of the most intriguing photographers of her generation, Deana Lawson's subject is black expressive culture and her canvas is the African Diaspora. 'Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph' features forty-five beautifully reproduced photographs and an extensive interview with the filmmaker Arthur Jafa. Video
Did you know you can access digitized records of Pratt's Black Student Union (BSU) dating back decades? Click on the link above to peruse meeting minutes, lists of demands (photo below), and correspondence between BSU members and Pratt's administration.
DRUM was a radical publication by the Black Students Union of Pratt in the early 70’s that published original articles, poetry, and artwork created by students for students. It addressed issues of minority representation, racism, and sexism within the institution and beyond.
Above: A list of demands to Pratt's administration proposed by Pratt's Black Student Union years ago. Exact date unknown.