Frederick Douglass: On Photography
Lecture | March 9 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 308A Doe Library
Laura Wexler, Professor, Yale University
In the 1860s, Frederick Douglass gave several public lectures about the importance of the thennew
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. Douglass thus
became one of the first major American theorists of the medium. This presentation and discussion will
engage with his critical thought in the context of his time, and ours.