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Catherine E. McKinley

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 7:00p.m.
Catherine E. McKinley - book cover and color author photo

Video premiere: January 28, 7:00 p.m. on

2021 St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration Event

Catherine E. McKinley, "The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women"
In conversation with renowned photographer Dario Calmese 

Writer and curator Catherine McKinley presents an unprecedented visual history of African women told in striking and subversive historical photographs. McKinley draws on her extensive collection of historical and contemporary photos to present a visual history spanning a hundred-year arc. “The African Lookbook” captures the dignity, playfulness, grandeur, and resistance of African women across centuries. These photos tell the story of how the sewing machine and the camera became powerful tools for women's self-expression, revealing a truly glorious display of everyday beauty.  

Artist, writer, and director Dario Calmese made history as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for Vanity Fair. He is also the host of the widely-acclaimed podcast “The Institute of Black Imagination.” 

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.