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The Resource Bluff City : the secret life of photographer Ernest Withers, Preston Lauterbach

Bluff City : the secret life of photographer Ernest Withers, Preston Lauterbach

Label
Bluff City : the secret life of photographer Ernest Withers
Title
Bluff City
Title remainder
the secret life of photographer Ernest Withers
Statement of responsibility
Preston Lauterbach
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The little-known story of an iconic photographer, whose work captured--and influenced--a critical moment in American history. Who was Ernest Withers? Most Americans may not know the name, but they do know his photographs. Withers took some of the most legendary images of the 1950s and '60s: Martin Luther King, Jr., riding a newly integrated bus in Montgomery, Alabama; Emmett Till's uncle pointing an accusatory finger across the courtroom at one of his nephew's killers; scores of African-American protestors, carrying a forest of signs reading 'I am a man.' But while he enjoyed unparalleled access to the inner workings of the civil rights movement, Withers was working as an informant for the FBI. In this gripping narrative history, Preston Lauterbach examines the complicated political and economic forces that informed Withers's seeming betrayal of the people he photographed. Withers traversed disparate worlds, from Black Power meetings to raucous Memphis nightclubs where Elvis brushed shoulders with B.B. King. He had a gift for capturing both dramatic historic moments and intimate emotional ones, and it may have been this attention to nuance that made Withers both a brilliant photographer and an essential asset to the FBI. Written with similar nuance, Bluff City culminates with a riveting account of the 1968 riot that ended in violence just a few days before Dr. King's death. Brimming with new information and featuring previously unpublished and rare photographs from the Withers archive not seen in over fifty years, Bluff City grapples with the legacy of a man whose actions--and artistry--make him an enigmatic and fascinating American figure."--Dust jacket
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
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10748892
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lauterbach, Preston
Dewey number
  • 323.092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.97.W75
LC item number
L38 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Withers, Ernest C
  • African American photographers
  • Photojournalists
  • African American civil rights workers
  • Informers
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the secret life of photographer Ernest Withers
Label
Bluff City : the secret life of photographer Ernest Withers, Preston Lauterbach
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Don't touch anything -- The pictures tell the story -- Holding on to Jerusalem Slim -- I am a man
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
339 pages
Isbn
9780393247923
Lccn
2018032872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1080520150
  • (OCoLC)1080520150
Label
Bluff City : the secret life of photographer Ernest Withers, Preston Lauterbach
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Don't touch anything -- The pictures tell the story -- Holding on to Jerusalem Slim -- I am a man
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
339 pages
Isbn
9780393247923
Lccn
2018032872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1080520150
  • (OCoLC)1080520150

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