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Lynching Photographs

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Why do we look at lynching photographs? What is the basis for our curiosity, rage, indignation, or revulsion? Beginning in the late nineteenth century, nearly five thousand blacks were put to death at the hands of lynch mobs throughout America. In many communities it was a public event, to be witnessed, recorded, and made available by means of photographs. In this book, th ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published January 5th 2008 by University of California Press (first published January 5th 2007)
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
The smiling faces in the crowd...as a young man hangs from a tree. One of the hardest books I have ever read - these photos will shock you to the core of your being.
Ivy Kleinbart
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book consists of two essays (plus a short introduction) that deal with the implications of looking at lynching photographs and how such photographs have been used and appropriated for different social purposes. How are we, who look at such photographs, implicated in the crimes they document? Is it better to look or not look? Smith's essay deals mainly with the history of one famous lynching photograph and the ways it was circulated and redistributed. The image clearly displayed the faces of ...more
Koritha Mitchell
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rather than a co-authored book, this is comprised of two individually authored essays. Smith's essay is nuanced and rigorous. A longer review available here.
Eric
Dec 22, 2010 marked it as to-read
And I thought Noguchi just did coffee tables! Death (Lynched Figure) - 1934.

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Mary Rose
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Trigger warning: This book contains graphic photographs and descriptions of racial violence, police brutality, rape, abortion, gore, blood, etc. etc. etc.

This book, though troubling to get through, is a really informative resource on lynching in the United States and the role that photography played in depicting, publicizing, perpetuating, and denouncing lynching as a form of vigilante justice. The book is set up as two essays, one by Dora Apel and the other by Shawn Michelle Smith, which take
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