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Lynching Photographs / Edition 1
     

Lynching Photographs / Edition 1

by Dora Apel
 

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ISBN-10: 0520253329

ISBN-13: 9780520253322

Pub. Date: 01/05/2008

Publisher: University of California Press


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

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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, the art historian Dora Apel and the American Studies scholar Shawn Michelle Smith examine lynching photographs as a way of analyzing photography's historical role in promoting and resisting racial violence. They further suggest how these photographs continue to affect the politics of spectatorship. In clear prose, and with carefully chosen images, the authors chart the history of lynching photographs—their meanings, uses, and controversial display—and offer terms in which to understand our responsibilities as viewers and citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520253322
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/05/2008
Series:
Defining Moments in American Photography Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
110
Sales rank:
573,126
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
Anthony W. Lee

The Evidence of Lynching Photographs
Shawn Michelle Smith
Lynching Photographs and the Politics of Public Shaming
Dora Apel

Acknowledgments
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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