Category: Photography

HARRIETT TUBMAN

HARRIETT TUBMAN

BIRTH DATE: c.1820. Because she was a slave, and owners did not record their slaves’ birthdates, the exact date of Harriet’s birth is unknown — different accounts list 1820 or 1821. BIRTH PLACE: Edward...

Photograph by JAMES PRESLEY BALL-3

Photograph by JAMES PRESLEY BALL-3

Ball took pictures of a vast variety of people famous and unknown, slaves and freemen. His sitters included Frederick Douglass, Henry H. Garnet, Jenny Lind, and Ulysses S. Grant. Even early in his career...

Photograph by JAMES PRESLEY BALL-2

Photograph by JAMES PRESLEY BALL-2

These photo calling cards could be produced in multiples of eight, using a special camera with four lenses. Visitors could leave them at the homes of friends. Not only did they provide a visual...

Photograph by JAMES PRESLEY BALL-1

Photograph by JAMES PRESLEY BALL-1

Part of Ball’s success stemmed from his willingness to embrace new photographic technology.Daguerreotypes made portraiture accessible to those who could not afford paintings, but they were still very expensive and unique objects. The development...

Photographer, JAMES PRESLEY BALL

Photographer, JAMES PRESLEY BALL

    Born a free man in Virginia in 1825, Ball was a not only an extremely successful Daguerrean/photographer but was a businessman and dabbled in politics later in his life becoming a Montana...

Photographs by AUGUSTUS WASHINGTON(John Brown 1846-7)

Photographs by AUGUSTUS WASHINGTON(John Brown 1846-7)

Biography of AUGUSTUS WASHINGTON He was born in Trenton, New Jersey as the son of a former slave and a woman of South Asian descent. He studied at Oneida Institute in Whitesboro, New York...

Photographers by AUGUSTUS WASHINGTON(Chancy Brown)

Photographers by AUGUSTUS WASHINGTON(Chancy Brown)

Imagine you are a young man of mixed-race heritage (African-American father and Asian mother) in 1840s America who wants to attend college but lacks the financial resources. What might you do to bring in...

Pictures by JULES LION (Charles Gayarre)

Pictures by JULES LION (Charles Gayarre)

  FACTS ABOUT JULES LION: Jules Lion was a free black photographer from France that entered New Orleans around the late 1830’s. Although he started as a lithographer, he introduced a special type of...

Pictures by JULES LION (1810-1866)

Pictures by JULES LION (1810-1866)

Jules Lion (1810-1866)   Although there is no photograph to put a face with its name, Jules Lion, has made a blueprint for other black photographers to follow. Above is daguerreotype photo that Jules Lion...

THE HARLEM NEWSBOY c. 1943

THE HARLEM NEWSBOY c. 1943

  Gordon Parks’ Harlem Newsboy photo taken in 1943 is probably one of the more joyful ones in a collection images taken uptown during the post depression years. Mr. Parks was a pioneer African-American...

EUBIE BLAKE

EUBIE BLAKE

  Synopsis Born in Maryland on February 7, 1883, Eubie Blake went on to become a revered ragtime pianist and composer for American musicals. He entered into a partnership with singer-songwriter Noble Sissle in...