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John Simmons : No Crystal Stair

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John Simmons is a major American photographer. As a young man growing up in 1960s Chicago he began his career in journalism, his early pictures appearing in the Chicago’s black newspaper the Chicago Defender. His seeing was deeply influenced by the words of Langston Hughes, the pictures of Roy DeCarava and his mentor, the photographer Bobby Sengstacke but the pictures he makes are clearly his own. From the first moment his instincts helped him to see his subjects with warmth and understanding. Deeply knowledgeable about life in the streets and the currents of unrest then sweeping the black community Simmons...

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