“Frederick Douglass was very hopeful and optimistic about the new technology, photography.
He imagined that pictures would necessarily yield a certain kind of social, political and cultural progress, not just for the African American but for the nation, as a whole.”-Maurice O. Wallace, co-editor
“Pictures and Progress explores how, during the nineteenth century and the early twentieth, prominent African American intellectuals and activists understood photography’s power to shape perceptions about race and employed the new medium in their quest for social and political justice.
In this collection of essays, scholars from various disciplines consider figures including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and W. E. B. Du Bois as important and innovative theorists and practitioners of photography.”
Check out the book trailer on Youtube: http://bit.ly/MPAyEM
For more information about the book: http://bit.ly/O0wJwn
Learn more about the PBS documentary on African American photography “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”