125 ST

Photography in Harlem


This book is not yet published, but will be available from April 2022.

ISBN: 9783777437347 Category:


Harlem’s 125th Street is a marker of 20th century urban experience, a thoroughfare that encapsulates powerful stories of business and consumption, real estate and gentrification, glamour and entertainment, and political uprising. The book explores works and themes from a large roster of photographers and performance artists who have engaged with the constant mutation of this street-life.

The photographs in this book represent narratives of resilience and poems of survival against a rapid and sweeping movement of history across 125th street, where buildings and communities are periodically destroyed and built anew. The works shape a sense of belonging and identity that goes against the stereotyping and mystification of this neighborhood. It contributes to the writing of a new history of photography that is collective and collaborative. Among the artists featured are Dawoud Bey, Khalik Allah, Kwame Brathwaite, Jamel Shabazz, Hiram Maristany, Ming Smith, Ruben Natal San Miguel, Isaac Diggs & Edward Hillel, Lorraine O’Grady, and William Pope.L.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 20 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 24 April 2022
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Dimensions 20 x 25.4 cm
Weight 300 g


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Antonella Pelizzari is Professor in the History of Photography at Hunter College, CUNY

Arden Sherman is Curator and Director of Hunter East Harlem Gallery at Hunter College, CUNY.