Preston Lauterbach - BLUFF CITY: The Secret Life of Photographer Earnest Withers

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Preston Lauterbach - BLUFF CITY: The Secret Life of Photographer Earnest Withers Event date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 6:00pm Event address: Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Books - New Orleans, LA 70115 Through intimate reporting and effortless storytelling, Bluff City captures both the tragic ironies of FBI espionage and the fertile contradictions of Memphis, Tennessee. The photographs of Ernest Withers—spy, artist, race man, and cagey black conservative—have never looked more meaningful.” — William J. Maxwell, author of F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature Please join us when award-winning author Preston Lauterbach returns to Octavia Book to present and sign his new book, BLUFF CITY: The Secret Life of Photographer Earnest Withers. Ernest Withers was a crucial witness to the cultural upheavals of the 1950s and ‘60s. A gifted photographer, he combined a storyteller’s eye and an uncanny ability to bond with his subjects, resulting in a powerful visual record of the Civil Rights Era. But he had a secret: while creating key images of the Civil Rights Movement, Ernest Withers was acting as an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In BLUFF CITY, Preston Lauterbach examines this conflicted life and complicated legacy, grappling with the question of how a single artist could lionize and immortalize a movement he genuinely supported and simultaneously conspire with the very forces determined to crush it. Read more about Preston Lauterbach - BLUFF CITY: The Secret Life of Photographer Earnest Withers

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