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About the Photographs and Prints Division

The Photographs and Prints Division contains both documentary and fine art photographs which document the history and culture of peoples of African descent worldwide as well as the work of photographers of African descent. The collection of over 300,000 images ranges from mid-eighteenth century graphics to contemporary documentary and art photography; all of the major photographic processes are represented. The collection includes portraits of many prominent nineteenth and twentieth century figures, documents major historical events, and depicts various aspects of Black life throughout the world. Photographers represented include Bert Andrews, Walker Evans, Chester Higgins, Jr., Gordon Parks, Coreen Simpson, Aaron Siskind, Doris Ulmann, James VanDerZee and Carl Van Vechten.

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