Consuelo Kanaga at the ICP Photo Collections

Consuelo Kanaga, She Is a Tree of Life to Them, 1950
Consuelo Kanaga, She Is a Tree of Life to Them, 1950 (21.1982)

During my MFA experience I had the opportunity to work as a digital archivist in The Photography Collection at the International Center for Photography. The collection itself contains over 100,000 items including prints, negatives and rare journals and magazines. They even have copies of Alfred Steiglitz’s Camera Work magazine! If you’re in NYC, the ICP collection and the ICP library (at the school) are definitely worth spending a few hours in.

One day I stumbled upon a box of photographs by Consuelo Kanaga and was amazed! I’d long admired Kanaga’s black and white work, specifically her portraits of African-Americans. Read more about this photojournalist who developed a close connection with the Black American community before and during the civil rights struggle.


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