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The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Hardcover, 12 x 9 in. / 192 pgs / 173 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2019 p. 68   

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Frances Benjamin Johnston: The Hampton Album

Edited with text by Sarah Hermanson Meister. Contribution by LaToya Ruby Frazier.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Frances Benjamin Johnston: The Hampton Album.'

A portrait of one of the earliest African American and Native American colleges, from an album found in a bookstore by Lincoln Kirstein

Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864–1952), credited as the first female photojournalist in the United States, was commissioned in 1899 to photograph the Hampton Institute, then a 30-year-old institution dedicated to the education of young African American and Native American men and women. What became known as the Hampton Album—comprised of 159 luxurious platinum plates that offer insight into the daily life of students, originally exhibited in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris—is Johnston’s signature work, and a touchstone for contemporary artists and historians.

The leatherbound album was discovered serendipitously by Lincoln Kirstein in a Washington, DC, bookstore during World War II, and donated to MoMA in 1965. This volume makes the album available to the public in its entirety for the first time, and features a contextualizing essay by curator Sarah Hermanson Meister and a response to the album from artist LaToya Ruby Frazier.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Frances Benjamin Johnston: The Hampton Album.'

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New York Times: Book Review

Luc Sante

Johnston’s photographs show students attending lectures or practicing manual skills, and they are so deliberately posed and choreographically distributed that they appear suspended in space; the scenes resemble theater photos of the fin de siècle, or early film stills.

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