Working Together

Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop

Working Together

Book Pages: 260 Illustrations: 140 illustrations Published: February 2020

Author: Sarah Eckhardt

African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Art and Visual Culture > Art History, Photography

Working Together accompanies the exhibition of African American photography to be presented by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in January 2020. Both the exhibition and catalogue draw heavily on the museum’s complete archives of papers and photographs of Virginia artist Louis Draper (1935–2002)—a key founding member, who chronicled the Kamoinge Workshop’s formation and development. Focusing on the collective’s first twenty years, this catalogue includes more than 140 photographs by fourteen of the early members, including Draper, Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowens, Danny Dawson, Al Fennar, Ray Francis, Herman Howard, Jimmie Mannas, Herb Randall, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith, Shawn Walker, and Calvin Wilson. The preface by Deborah Willis is followed by essays that explore Draper’s life and work; the history of The Black Photographers Annual; Kamoinge’s position in contemporary studies of the history of photography; the notion of collectivity among African American artists in the 1960s and 1970s; the social and political context of Kamoinge’s formation, with special attention to the civil rights movement and the Black Arts Movement; jazz; and Kamoinge’s influence on contemporary African American photographers. 

Contributors: Romi Crawford, Erina Duganne, Sarah Eckhardt, Bill Gaskins, John Edwin Mason, Deborah Willis

Published by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Distributed by Duke University Press


"Despite the prolific innovations of the founding members, their contributions to photography have largely gone unrecognised – until now. In the new book Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop the members of Kamoinge are finally receiving their proper due." — Miss Rosen, Huck

"The history of the Kamoinge Workshop, a group of Black photographers founded in 1960s Harlem, is documented and analyzed from multiple, beautifully blended perspectives in this important, substantial book." — David Haberstich, CAA Reviews


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