Friday, July 20, 2012

Wendel A. White : Schools for the Colored

 The new issue of afterimage,  includes an article on a photographer who has photographed a sad part of our country's history.  The photos are by Wendel A. White and are entitled Schools for the Colored.  These are stark black and white photos that depict the landscape and architecture of historically segregated schools in some northern states. These are simple yet beautifully photographed buildings.

Seventeen years ago White began a project called Small Towns, Black Lives, and these photographs are a continuation his work within the African American landscape.  He photographed those racially segregated schools that bordered the slave states, sometimes referred to as "Up South", those just over the line to freedom. These "colored schools" existed within New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. 

You can view these photos at his website and in afterimage, vol. 40, No. 1.

More about Wendel A. White at Meet the Photographer and at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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