Preston Lauterbach - Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers — in conversation with David Weigel

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

From a photo of Elvis Presley and B.B. King laughing together to a picture of Emmett Till’s uncle pointing across the courtroom at one of his nephew’s killers to Martin Luther King Jr. leading sanitation workers in a strike—many of the iconic images from the 1950s and ‘60s were made by Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007). In this overdue account of Withers’s life and work, Lauterbach, author of The Chitlin' Circuit and Beale Street Dynasty, illuminates both the man and the stories behind these famous shots, including offering new details about the violence that erupted during the 1968 sanitation strike. Born and based in Memphis, Withers was shaped by the Jim Crow South, but to make ends meet, he became an FBI informant. Lauterbach will be in conversation with Dave Weigel, author of The Show That Never Ends.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393247923
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 15th, 2019

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