The Democratic Lens discussion series examines how images have shaped America’s collective memory and inspired individuals to participate in civic life.
A fundamental principle of democracy is the active participation of people in civic life. The Democratic Lens will portray photography's role in propelling civic actions by sharing images and stories about mobilized communities who actively work together towards a more just and democratic society. This discourse will address the historical and contemporary relationship between photography and civic engagement in the U.S. through pivotal moments in history like the Civil War, Civil Rights Movement, 9/11 and rural poverty during the Great Depression that helped to shape America’s cultural landscape.
CENTER's expansive network of photographers, curators, editors, art historians, and scholars share their research