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Taboos and prejudices have long created limiting barriers to experimentation and to meaningful work in the graphic arts. In this paper I should like to attack one particular prejudice — that against the color black.[1]

1 It should be noted that it is impossible to discuss black without mentioning or implying white, grays, and dark umbers the greater part of the time.
Vowels: black A, white E, red I, green U, blue O, Someday I shall name the birth from which you rise: A, a black furry corset of loud flies Boiling where the cruel stenches flow…*
* By permission of the translator, Muriel Rukeyser. Sergei M. Eisenstein, The Film Sense (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1942) p. 90.

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