Here are the Black Panthers, shown in a moving collection of photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and her husband, Pirkle Jones: stoics in dashikis; a youth in a black leather jacket, tenderly spooning cereal into a child’s mouth; faces that show dreams, purpose, rebellion.
These pictures, originally gathered for an exhibit at San Francisco’s De Young Museum, comprised what was perhaps the most controversial show in the museum’s history — and was certainly one of the most popular. Since the San Fransisco exhibit, the photographs have been shown at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and at Dartmouth College.
These varied, candid shots portray the Panthers in their political and personal lives. On the faces of these young men and women are reflected the violence and the hope of America. With an excellent historical interpretation of the Panthers by black journalist William Worthy, The Vanguard is a document of our times.
Ruth-Marion Baruch holds a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Ohio University. Pirkle Jones received a degree in photography from the California School of Fine Arts (which his wife also attended), where he studied under Ansel Adams, Minor White, and Homer Page. They have had exhibits at galleries and museums across the United States, including the San Francisco Museum and the Ammon Carter Museum in Texas. — From the publisher
Boston: Beacon Press, 1979.
First edition 8vo (25.3 × 20.4 cm) Softcover 128 pp Texts in English Photographic wrappers. Perfect bound. Illustrated in b/w throughout.
Fine. Slight trace of paint on top of text block, which does not affect the inside. Item ID: 7055.