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Data portraits by W.E.B. Du Bois

Data portraits by W.E.B. Du Bois
[Image: Princeton Architectural Press]

Civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois had a secret life as a data-visualization artist. In 1900, he presented a series of experimental infographics at the Paris Exposition, depicting black life after the Civil War. Compiled in a new book from Princeton Architectural Press, the diagrams distill data on everything from land ownership to the value of furniture in black households, and display exquisite stylistic ingenuity; Du Bois’s bold colors and geometric shapes were decades ahead of modernist graphic design in America.

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