Frederick Douglass: On Photography

Lecture | March 9 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Laura Wexler, Professor, Yale University

 Department of English, American Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Berkeley Art History Department, Phi Beta Kappa Berkeley Chapter, The National Phi Beta Kappa Society

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.