This has long been one of my favorite Hugh Mangum portraits. In the spirit of the photo buttons Mangum offered his clients, Red Hook Editions and I made some Mangum buttons to celebrate the publication of Photos Day or Night. •
Check out my latest IG story to see pics from the book launch and all the awesome friends, colleagues, supporters, and family who partied with us and wore Mangum buttons!
The grid of nine photos is one glass plate negative and the sequence shows the actual order Mangum’s clients entered his studio on a particular day. And what a day this was! There are no indications that Mangum, who died in 1922 at 44 years old, intended his practice to overtly serve any political purposes. Yet the prescient grids reflect black Americans’ steadfast resistance to white supremacy and fight for equality, one that employed photography as a counternarrative to racist ideology before, during, and after Mangum’s time. •
Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum, by Sarah Stacke with texts by Maurice Wallace and Martha Sumler, is published by @redhookeditions (2018). Designed by @bonniebriant. Link in bio.