The Vision of Morgan and Marvin Smith
"Usually when people think of great Harlem photographers the first name that comes to mind is James VanDerZee . . . . That will change with the publication of this excellent photo collection."—BookPage
"Passing by their camera are treasured studies of a people in transit, reforming themselves. They show us the individual at their journey for dignity."—Chester Higgins Jr.
"Basic to any understanding of the real and complete Harlem as the world center for all of Black America."—Elizabeth Catlett
"They compiled a pictorial record of an era marked by chaos. They caught the smell of the streets, and they showed the social and political change that took place within Harlem's black intelligentsia."—Gordon Parks Sr.
"The book, lovingly produced, with essays by Gordon Parks Sr. and James A. Miller and a wealth of historical information, is a beauty."—New York Times
"Their photos not only reveal the dignity and humanness of their subjects but also their vision of Harlem, themselves, and the world."—North Carolina Historical Review
"A delight for anyone interested in American and African-American life in the 1930s to the 1950s."—Photograph Collector
"Contains close to 150 strikingly elegant images of the ordinary and famous individuals who made Harlem the center of black achievement and culture in the United States."—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"We open this book, we walk inside these pages, and we are home."—Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
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