Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.
Langston Hughes (1902–1967) was born in Joplin, Missouri, and lived much of his life in Harlem, New York. As one America’s most cherished chroniclers of the black experience, known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes’s work was constantly groundbreaking throughout his forty-six-year career. His poetry about the ocean and the symbolism that surrounds it stems from his travels through Africa and Europe working as a seaman.
Charles R. Smith, Jr. is an acclaimed poet and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of My People, a picture book based on the poem by Langston Hughes. He is also the illustrator of If, the author and photographer of I Am the World, and he won the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for his book Twelve Rounds To Glory. He grew up in California and attended the Brooks Institute of Photography. A magazine and book cover photographer in addition to a picture book creator, Charles lives with his wife and kids in Poughkeepsie, New York
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
paperback Synopsis An award-winning, beautiful picture book—poetry and art exploring issues of African American identity. A favorite book to share in schools and homes.Included in...
Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
Hardcover. Synopsis You may think you already know this story about a beautiful servant girl, a cruel stepmother, a magnificent ball, and a lost slipper....
Every Girl is a Princess
Lift the Flap Hard Cover Synopsis A charming novelty picture book that will entertain even the youngest readers. Try and match each crown with a...