Photographic Returns: Racial Justice and the Time of Photography (Paperback)Shawn Michelle Smith (author)
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Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Photographic Returns is nothing less than a revelation. Shawn Michelle Smith takes us on a deep dive into the telescoping temporality of photography and, in doing so, fundamentally shifts our understanding of how photographic images register backward and forward in time. The hinge point of her study is its sumptuous reading of contemporary artists' use of photography as a critical apparatus that bends time in ways that connect us to the deeper affects of history. Her haunting, subtle, and truly sensuous analysis of the aftereffects of historical photography fundamentally re-visions our conception of the relationship between photography, history, memory, and temporality." -- Tina M. Campt, author of * Listening to Images *
"The charm in Smith's writing lies in its ability to pair images (archival, vintage, popular) with reinterpretations by contemporary artists. These visitations-or, as she calls them, returns-magnify the persistent terror of white supremacy in the United States. Her chapters all bring readers to see the obvious and forgotten aspects of antiblack racism. The book positions these photographs as reminders that justice in the United States has not yet arrived." -- Yasmine Espert * Public Books *
"Seen through their photographic eyes, racial historical events resurface to inspire, challenge, provoke, and provide metaphoric opportunities that reveal and expand conversations in an attempt to energize the social justice movement in the US. A much-needed addition to the literature on the pressing subject of race, representation, and photography, the book includes extensive and informative notes for each chapter and a 16-page insert of color plates." -- J. Natal * Choice *
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