"For years, James Baldwin felt uncomfortable with his looks. His stepfather made fun of him when he was growing up, ridiculing his "frog eyes,'' and calling him the ugliest boy he had ever seen. The writer internalized that view of himself: "I had absolutely no reason to doubt him," he wrote in his 1976 book-length essay, "The Devil Finds Work." Here, in frames from a 1972 photo shoot with the @nytimes photographer Jack Manning, #JamesBaldwin looks pensive, quizzical and amused. Then, suddenly, there's that wide grin, that light-up-your-face laugh. That single shot — Frame 19, at the top left — landed in the @nytimes. But Jack took many more pictures that day, as seen here.
During #blackhistorymonth, we're sharing unpublished photos from the @nytimes's #archives. Follow along to see more #UnpublishedBlackHistory." By nytimes on Instagram.
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