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Conducted by Holly Stuart Hughes, Independent Editor, Writer & Grant Consultant, Former Editor-in-Chief, PDN, on behalf of CENTER.

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Shawn Michelle Smith

PROFESSOR OF VISUAL & CRITICAL STUDIES, THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Race, Citizenship, and Self Image in 19th Century American Photography

You’ve written a lot about the history of photography and its relationship to shifting ideas about race, identity, and citizenship in 19th and 20th century America. You’ve also written about African Americans who were making and also commissioning daguerreotypes and cartes de visite before the Civil War.      The work of nineteenth-century African American […]

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Will Wilson

PHOTOGRAPHER & PROGRAM HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHY, SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Troubling NDN Pictures: Challenging the Historic Representation of Indigenous People

With your Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange [CIPX] project and the Talking Tintypes app, you have used a 19th century wet-plate process to make portraits that challenge 19th century representations of Indigenous people.  Why did you feel this vintage process was the right medium?  The historic wet-plate collodion process evokes history and embeds my contemporary work with meaning […]

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Dyanna Taylor

DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHER, & DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Dorothea Lange: Documenting the Depression, Migration, and Forced Relocation

What inspired Dorothea Lange to get out of her San Francisco portrait studio in 1933 and photograph people on bread lines and others affected by the Depression? At that point, she was supporting her husband, Maynard Dixon, the painter, and her two young boys with her portrait work. Her portrait work was innovative and by […]

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