Revisiting “Jet” and “Ebony”: Never-Before-Seen Images from the Archives

The magazine's archives encompass more than four million photographs.

6/13/2021 5:00:00 PM

The magazine's archives encompass more than four million photographs.

See unpublished gems from the magazines that helped shape African-American culture.

Ebony’s most versatile photographers, Moneta Sleet Jr. and Isaac Sutton, as the focus for a new exhibition. On view now at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio in Milan, “” manages to transport visitors from modern-day Milan to midcentury Chicago; along with copies of special issues like a 1966

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Ebonytitled “The Negro Woman,” furnishings from the publications’ former offices have been made available so visitors can take a seat while perusing the magazines. The surroundings—never-before-seen images from the archives, focusing on beauty and black female power—reflect Gates’s other goal with the exhibition: “I wanted to celebrate women of all kinds, and especially black women,” he told the foundation. Take a look inside, here.

1Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Isaac Sutton, n.d. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.2Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Isaac Sutton, 1969. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019. headtopics.com

3Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy Fondazione PradaEbonymagazines in an exhibition view of “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.4Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Exhibition view of “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.5Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Isaac Sutton, 1967. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.

6Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Moneta Sleet Jr., 1969. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.7Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Ebonymagazines in an exhibition view of “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.8Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Isaac Sutton, n.d. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019. headtopics.com

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9Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Isaac Sutton, 1969. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.10Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Moneta Sleet Jr., 1969. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.

11Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Isaac Sutton, 1965. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.12Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Ebonymagazines in an exhibition view of “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.13Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy Fondazione PradaExhibition view of “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.

14Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Moneta Sleet Jr., 1965. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.15Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Moneta Sleet Jr., 1968. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019. headtopics.com

16Courtesy Johnson Publishing CompanyPhoto by Moneta Sleet Jr., n.d. Featured in “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.17Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Jetmagazines in an exhibition view of “The Black Image Corporation,” curated by Theaster Gates, on view at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio through January 2019.18Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company Read more: W magazine »

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