10 22 2014
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Winds and images come together in "The Sweet Breath of Life" (Atria Books, $29.95), an inspiring collaboration between renowned poet Ntozake Shange and Kamoinge Inc., a group of photographers whose work documents and celebrates the African American experience.


Collaborations between writers and photographers have provided African Americans with important focus for issues of identity and representation — or the lack thereof — ever since the first publication of "The Sweet Flypaper of Life" by Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava in 1955. Frank Stewart, with his fellow photographers in Kamoinge Inc., and Shange were inspired by this landmark work and committed themselves to continuing the tradition and the artistic conversation into this first decade of this new millennium.


With stunning images from such photographers as Anthony Barboza, Adger W. Cowans and Ming Smith Murray, and poems by Shange, "The Sweet Breath of Life" is a rich and thought-provoking book, destined to become a classic work of American photography and literature.

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