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Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (First Printing)

Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico: Twin Palms Publishers, 2000
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0944092691
Condition: New / New
Item #: 100982



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine maroon cloth, with title stamped in black on spine, with dust jacket. Edited by James Allen. Essays by James Allen, Hilton Als, Congressman, John Lewis and Leon F. Litwack. 212 pp. with 98 four-color plates. 10-1/4 x 7-7/8 inches. This first edition was limited to 4000 hardbound copies. Already in its tenth printing (nearly 50,000 copies sold).

[Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]


New in publisher's shrink-wrap.


From the publisher: "The Tuskegee Institute records the lynching of 3,436 blacks between 1882 and 1950. This is probably a small [numhber] of these murders, which were seldom reported, and led to the creation of the NAACP in 1909, an organization dedicated to passing federal anti-lynching laws. Through all this terror and carnage someone-many times a professional photographer-carried a camera and took pictures of the events. These lynching photographs were often made into postcards and sold as souvenirs to the crowds in attendance. These images are some of photography's most brutal, surviving to this day so that we may now look back on the terrorism unleashed on America's African-American community and perhaps know our history and ourselves better. The almost one hundred images reproduced here are a testament to the camera's ability to make us remember what we often choose to forge."