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Henry Clay Anderson - A Beauty Pageant
Henry Clay Anderson
A Beauty Pageant
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Henry Clay Anderson - Anderson Collection: A Family of Three, Standing in the Studio #8/10
Henry Clay Anderson
Anderson Collection: A Family of Three, Standing in the Studio #8/10
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Henry Clay Anderson - Anderson Collection: Seated Young Couple
Henry Clay Anderson
Anderson Collection: Seated Young Couple
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Henry Clay Anderson - Anderson Collection: The Prom Couple #8/10
Henry Clay Anderson
Anderson Collection: The Prom Couple #8/10
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Henry Clay Anderson - Little Girl With Black Doll in the Studio
Henry Clay Anderson
Little Girl With Black Doll in the Studio
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Henry Clay Anderson - Anderson Collection: Aunt Hattie Anderson's Children With a Television
Henry Clay Anderson
Anderson Collection: Aunt Hattie Anderson's Children With a Television
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A Family of Three, Standing at the Studio

Henry Clay Anderson (1911–1998) was a professional African-American photographer who lived and worked in Greenville, Mississippi, establishing his own business, the “Anderson Photo Service,” in 1948. Throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s he was called upon to photograph every aspect of his relatively prosperous African-American community, including the daily lives of the men and women who built the Greenville schools, churches, and hospitals that served their segregated society. There are family gatherings, beauty pageants, weddings, funerals, sports events, and proms. He also took images related to the Civil Rights Movement, and some of the work has strong political overtones.

These rediscovered black and white photographs document a virtually ignored chapter in African-American history—that of the proud dignified community of middle-class African-Americans that existed throughout the South during the Civil Rights Movement. They intimately portray a community of black Southerners who considered themselves first-class citizens despite living in a deeply hostile America.

"Separate But Equal: The Mississippi Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson," with essays by Mary Panzer and Clifton L. Taulbert, was published by PublicAffairs, NY, 2002.

The collection was featured by Vince Aletti in the Mar. 19, 2007 edition of the New Yorker, p. 34.

This set of prints constitutes the only images available on the market by Anderson. It is a limited edition portfolio: 10 gelatin silver prints in an edition of 10, printed posthumously from Anderson's original negatives by Laurent Girard. Please inquire for the current price of the full portfolio. Four editions have been broken up for individual print sales, with prices ranging from $750–$1,200. Please note that a number of prints in the edition are no longer available individually.

African American Photographer Henry Clay Anderson
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Exhibited and Sold By
Charles Schwartz Ltd.

21 East 90th Street
New York, New York   10128   USA

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Email cms@cs-photo.com

Phone 1-212-534-4496

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