The big picture: Kwame Brathwaite captures the ‘black is beautiful’ movement

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 1, 2019 

Photographer Kwame Brathwaite grew up in Harlem during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He had been a jazz musician and promoter when he first became interested in taking pictures. He saved for a Hasselblad camera with some of the proceeds from the jazz club he helped to run and began documenting some of the artists – Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey – he encountered.

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