Eli Reed: Black in America

Eli Reed: Black in America

MonoVisions Black & White Photo Contest 2024

Eli Reed has been documenting the black experience in America from the time he began taking pictures. This volume, “Black in America”, is his provocative and often poignant portrait of black life in America. As a photographer, Reed is known for his unflinching coverage of events both large an small. Here we see tender moments between parents and children contrasted with the Los Angeles riots. The joy of a wedding follows the sorrow and anger at the funeral of Yusef Hawkins (whose death sparked the Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn in 1991). The deceptive innocence of rural life balances the tension of the urban drug scene. A 104-year-old woman contemplates her life a few pages away from the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. There is the truth in Reed’s work, as well as anger, and compassion. These images communicate to us- sometimes as gentle as a kiss, sometimes as hard as a bullet. They are all part of Eli Reed’s America – and ours.

Eli Reed
Black in America

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co (1997)
ISBN-13: 978-0393039955
Hardcover: 176 pages

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Eli Reed 1992 USA. Newark. New Jersey. 1992. Central ward.


Eli Reed 1980 USA. Michigan. 1980. Vibes player Lionel HAMPTON.


Eli Reed 1986 USA. St. Louis, Missouri. 1986. Single mother of two.


Eli Reed 1986 USA. St. Louis, Missouri. 1985.


Eli Reed 1989 USA. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1989.


Eli Reed, USA. Georgia. 1990.


USA. Brooklyn, New York. 1991.


USA. New York City. 1991. Persian Gulf war veterans.


USA. St. Louis, Missouri. 1986. Single mother of two.


USA. Hartford, Connecticut. 1988.


USA. Orlando, Florida. 1993. Coed basic training camp.


USA. San Francisco, California. 1984. Street rally during the Democratic National Convention.

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