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Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity

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Pictures and Progress explores how, during the nineteenth century and the early twentieth, prominent African American intellectuals and activists understood photography's power to shape perceptions about race and employed the new medium in their quest for social and political justice. They sought both to counter widely circulating racist imagery and to use self-representat ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Duke University Press Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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Edited by the dream team of Wallace and Smith in African American and visual culture studies, _Pictures and Progress_ includes insightful essays - many of which engage with canonical nineteenth century writers in a new way. For instance, Laura Wexler's article about Frederick Douglass's theories of photography as mentioned in his public lectures not only enriches one's understanding of Douglass's influence during the era, but also discusses his nuanced and advanced understanding of the power of ...more
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