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Deborah Willis Photographer

Why Deborah Willis Thinks the Photobook Can Be Transformative By Brendan Embser

The renowned scholar speaks about her early career in photography, confronting racism in publishing, and why books about Black life are vital.

Deborah Wilis' books in the MU Libraries

Willis-Thomas, Deborah (1985). Black Photographers, 1840–1940: an illustrated bio-bibliography. New York: Garland. ISBN 0-8240-9147-7. MU Journalism Library TR139 .W55 1985
Driskell, David C; David L Lewis; Deborah Willis Ryan (1987). Harlem Renaissance: art of Black America. New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-1099-3. MU Ellis N6538.N5 H286 1994
Willis-Thomas, Deborah (1989). An Illustrated Bio-bibliography of Black Photographers, 1940–1988. New York: Garland. ISBN 0-8240-8389-X. MU Journalism Library Reference Collection TR139 .W55 1989
Willis, Deborah; Howard Dodson (1989). Black Photographers Bear Witness: 100 years of social protest. Williamstown, MA: Williams College Museum of Art. ISBN 0-913697-09-5. MU Journalism Library TR645.W552 W553 1989
Willis, Deborah; Lorna Simpson (1992). Lorna Simpson. San Francisco: Friends of Photography. ISBN 0-933286-60-0. MU Journalism Library N6537.S556 A4 1992
Willis, Deborah (1992). Early Black Photographers, 1840-1940: 23 postcards. New York: New Press. ISBN 1-56584-007-0. MU Journalism Library TR680 .E24 1992
Willis-Braithwaite, Deborah; Rodger C Birt (1993). VanDerZee, photographer, 1886–1983. New York: H.N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-3923-1. MU Ellis TR680 .W54 1993
Willis, Deborah (1993). J.P. Ball, daguerrean and studio photographer. New York: Garland. ISBN 0-8153-0716-0 MU Ellis TR140.B264 J2 1993. (Image from Creative Commons )
Willis, Deborah (1994). Picturing Us: African American identity in photography. New York: New Press. ISBN 1-56584-107-7. MU Journalism Reserve TR680 .P53 1994
Willis, Deborah; Jane Lusaka (1994). Imagining Families: images and voices. Washington, DC: National African American Museum, a Smithsonian Institution Project. ISBN 1-885892-00-4. MU Journalism Library TR681.F28 W55 1994
Cottman, Michael H; Deborah Willis (1995). Million Man March. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 0-517-88763-0. MU Journalism Library McDougall/Mark Cowan Collection F201 .C68 1995
Willis, Deborah; Jane Lusaka (1996). Visual Journal: Harlem and D.C. in the thirties and forties. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 1-56098-691-3. MU Journalism Reserve TR820.5 .V57 1996
Cottman, Michael H; Deborah Willis; Linda Tarrant-Reid (1996). The Family of Black America. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 0-517-88822-X. MU Journalism Library TR681.F28 F365 1996
Crouch, Stanley; Deborah Willis (2002). One Shot Harris: the photographs of Charles "Teenie" Harris. New York: Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-3272-5. MU Ellis TR680 .C76 2002
Willis, Deborah; Carla Williams (2002). The Black Female Body: a photographic history. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 1-56639-928-9. MU Ellis TR674 .W55 2002
Willis, Deborah; Sean Moore; Karen Prince (2004). Black: a celebration of a culture. Irvington, NY: Hylas. ISBN 1-59258-051-3. MU Journalism Library TR680 .B53 2004
Wallis, Brian; Deborah Willis (2005). African American Vernacular Photography: selections from the Daniel Cowin Collection. New York: International Center of Photography. ISBN 3-86521-225-5. MU Journalism Library TR652 .A375 2005
Willis, Deborah (2007). Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American portraits. Washington, DC: National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 978-1-58834-242-3. MU Journalism Library Oversize Books E185.96 .W574 2007
Willis, Deborah; Kevin Merida (2008). Obama: the historic campaign in photographs. New York: Amistad. ISBN 978-0-06-173309-3. MU Journalism Library E901.1.O23 W55 2008
Willis, Deborah; Emily Bernard (2009). Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 0393077470. MU Journalism Library E909.O24 W55 2010
Willis, Deborah (2009). Posing Beauty: African American images from the 1890s to the present. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-06696-8. MU Journalism Library TR680 .W53 2009
Willis, Deborah; Barbara Krauthamer (2012). Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 978-1-43990-985-0. MU Journalism Library E185.2 .W68 2013
Willis, Deborah (2021). The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 978-1-47980-900-4. MU Online Journalism Library