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

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

Review

“Pictures and Progress offers a new understanding of visual representations of black Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through its compelling essays, this work reframes the archive of images of death, beauty, and suffering of black subjects in photography.”—Deborah Willis, New York University

About the Author

Maurice O. Wallace is of English and African & at Duke University. He is the author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideology in '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 (Duke University Press) and American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture, and the coauthor of Lynching Photographs.

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