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Looking for Mr. Gilbert is an account of the quest to uncover the heretofore unknown life of Robert A. Gilbert, an African American serving man who worked for the ornithologist William Brewster. A man of many talents, Gilbert went on to become the first African American landscape photographer.
'“The author’s keen, honest, sometimes humorous observations, delivered with a graceful lyrical style, show just how valuable an outsider’s perspective can be.” —Black Issues Book Review “Mitchell renders astonishingly detailed descriptions, giving flesh to the sparse historical record of Gilbert’s achievements. A brilliant look at photography, history, and race.” —Booklist “A model of scrupulous but open investigation.” —Providence Journal “A generous, tactful . . . exercise in historical rehabilitation.” —The Washington Post Book World “Mitchell tells a remarkable story of the discovery and authentication of a hitherto invisible African American life . . . with warmth and wit, and he opens our eyes to an important figure in American photography.” —Henry Louis Gates Jr. '
Publisher: Open Road Distribution