Frederick Douglass: On Photography
In the 1860s, Frederick Douglass gave several public lectures about the importance of the then-new invention of photography. In “Pictures and Progress” he shared his vision of the role he hoped photography would play in fostering a more democratic society after the Civil War. Along with Sojourner Truth, Douglass thus became one of the first major American theorists of the medium. Laura Wexler (Yale University) engages with Douglass's critical thought in the context of his time, and ours.
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Wexler, Laura. "Frederick Douglass: On Photography." Ensemble video, 01:19:43. November 10, 2016. https://ensemble.dickinson.edu/Watch/Me5o3NEb