Deborah Willis, Ph.D., is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present; Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, among other books. University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, she is the recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. In addition to exhibiting her work all over America, Willis has curated numerous photography exhibitions, served as a museum consultant, and has appeared in and consulted on several media projects. In her new book, Willis offers a far–ranging but intimate photographic essay about Black experiences in the U.S. Civil War.
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