Emory University has acquired the Robert Langmuir Collection, one of the largest photo libraries of African American history from the Philadelphia-based collector, the AJC reports.
On its face, this is what the Langmuir collection is, a 12,000-image record of life among working and middle class blacks from the mid-1800s to the early 1960s. But a number of all but the most blatantly racist pictures were taken by African American photographers. There are some notable names in there, photographers such as James Van Der Zee, who chronicled life in Harlem during its renaissance, and Arthur Bedou, a New Orleans artist who was Booker T. Washington’s personal photographer. Source: AJC