Silas Munro : Art 2

Silas Munro’s book W.E.B Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America is an analysis of W.E.B. Du Bois work through the lens of an African American. This novel grabs readers with its bright colorful graphic swirl on the front. This swirl is one of the many pieces included inside. Each of these infographics done by W.E.B. Du Bois as a part of the American Negro Exhibition in Paris in 1900 that was aimed at highlighting the progress made by African Americans following the Emancipation. The sixty-three infographics included in this novel are analyzed by Silas. Munro includes a history of the Paris Exposition Universall¬†in 1900, that presented the work by W.E.B., along with information and analysis of each and every one of the pieces. Alongside Munro’s comments on Du Bios’ work, he includes how it impacted design history of the time. The understanding of the exposition and its message plays a key role in understanding each of Du Bios’ pieces that were included in this novel. Munro describes how each piece was an integral part in understanding the African American perspective during this time, thus its meaning throughout time and throughout the movement of African American lives. This book has been a large part in the African American experience in the field of design.