Categorized as Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “dialect poems,” The Poems of Cabin and Field were written in an imagined black vernacular. Paired with staged photographs of plantation life, the poetry collection was one of the first publications to project a stylized image of black life at the turn of the 20th century. The photographs were taken by the Hampton Institute Camera Club, a group of amateur African American photographers from the small school in Hampton, Virginia. The Poems of Cabin and Field represents Dunbar’s earliest works that were all written in a fictionalized vernacular. Dunbar’s later poetry received critical acclaim after he discontinued his use of dialectic writing.