This talk comes from Smith’s book in progress, Photographic Returns, which examines contemporary photographers who look back to moments in U.S. history that also became important in the history of photography.
Shawn Smith is both a leading photography scholar and herself a photo-based artist, and in both guises much of her work has critically engaged race and/or gender. Her At the Edge of Sight: Photography and the Unseen (Duke, 2013), won the Lawrence Levine Award for best book in American Cultural history from the Organization of American Historians. Her other work includes, Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture (Duke 2004), American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture (Princeton 1999), the co-authored volume Lynching Photography (California, 2007) and her forthcoming co-edited collection, Photography and the Optical Unconscious.
Thursday, Oct. 13 4:30pm