Black power print

West, James (2018) Black power print. Radical Americas, 3 (1). ISSN 2399-4606

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This photographic essay focuses on the cover art of a wave of black radical periodicals which emerged in the United States during the 1960s to shed light on the intersections between Black Power, graphic design and black print culture. By examining the graphic design and artwork employed by ‘little black magazines’ such as Liberator, Soulbook and Black America, we can see the origins of a Black Power visual aesthetic which was most memorably rendered through the work of Emory Douglas and the Black Panther community newspaper during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In turn, I argue that such cover art can be understood as just one example of the visual intersections which emerged between black radical activism and black print culture in the United States during the years following World War II.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
V300 History by topic
V900 Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2020 15:04
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 13:31

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