Pictures and progress : early photography and the making of African American identity / edited by Maurice O. Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Durham : Duke University Press, ©2012Description: 1 online resource (387 pages : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0822394561; 9780822394563Subject(s): Photography -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century | African Americans -- Race identity -- History -- 19th century | COMPUTERS -- Digital Media -- Photography | PHOTOGRAPHY -- Reference | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Imaging Systems | African Americans -- Race identity | Photography -- Social aspects | United States | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies | 1800-1899Genre/Form: Electronic books. | History.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Pictures and progress.DDC classification: 770.89/96073 LOC classification: TR23 | .P53 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: pictures and progress / Maurice Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith -- "A More Perfect Likeness" : Frederick Douglass and the image of the nation / Laura Wexler -- "Rightly viewed" : theorizations of self in Frederick Douglass's lecture on pictures / Ginger Hill -- Shadow and substance : Sojourner Truth in black and white / Augusta Rohrbach -- Snapshot 1. unredeemed realities: Augustus Washington / Shawn Michelle Smith -- Mulatta obscura : camera tactics and Linda Brent / Michael Chaney -- Who's your mama? : "white" mulatta genealogies, early photography, and anti-passing narratives of slavery and freedom / P. Gabrielle Foreman -- Out from behind the mask : Paul Laurence Dunbar, the Hampton Institute Camera Club, and photographic performance of identity / Ray Sapirstein -- Snapshot 2. reproducing black masculinity : Thomas Askew / Shawn Michelle Smith -- Louis Agassiz and the American school of ethnoeroticism : polygenesis, pornography, and other "perfidious influences" / Suzanne Schneider -- Framing the black soldier : image, uplift, and the duplicity of pictures / Maurice Wallace -- Snapshot 3. unfixing the frame( -up): A.P. Bedou / Shawn Michelle Smith -- "Looking at one's self through the eyes of others" : W.E.B. Du Bois's photographs for the 1900 Paris Exposition / Shawn Michelle Smith -- Ida B. Wells and the shadow archive / Leigh Raiford -- Snapshot 4. the photographer's touch : J.P. Ball / Shawn Michelle Smith -- No more auction block for me! / Cheryl Finley.
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Featuring more than seventy images, Pictures and Progress brings to light the wide-ranging practices of early African American photographers, as well as the effects of photography on racialized thinking.
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CHOICE ReviewThis volume's title--and to a large extent the inspiration for its subject matter--comes from the 1861 lecture by Frederick Douglass titled "Pictures and Progress." Eleven essays explore photography's relevance to the progression of late-19th- to early-20th-century African American life. How did white photographers present that life? How did black photographers? How were photographs used? How did they change over time? How did they influence various users? And how were views of and by African Americans changed as a result of this evolving imagery? Douglass's very early, deep comprehension of photography underlies many of the contributors' observations and statements. Important issues are discussed here: photographs' reproduction or interpretation of reality, portrait versus photograph, truth versus reality, construction versus "capture," and more. The writing varies: some flows beautifully, some is thick with theory (mostly the French of not long ago) or repetitive, and some reflects limited knowledge of photography. All the contributions leave readers with ideas worth mulling over and researching further. Readers will want to consult all of Deborah Willis's publications, S. M. Smith's Photography on the Color Line (CH, Nov'04, 42-1372), S. Walden's edited Photography and Philosophy (CH, Nov'08, 46-1304), and other titles listed in this book's extensive, inviting bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. C. Chiarenza emeritus, University of Rochester
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Maurice O. Wallace is Associate Professor of English and African & African American Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men's Literature and Culture, 1775-1995 , also published by Duke University Press.
Shawn Michelle Smith is Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture , also published by Duke University Press, and American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture . Smith is coauthor (with Dora Apel) of Lynching Photographs .