Virtual Event: Deborah Willis, John Stauffer, and Sarah Lewis
To Make Their Own Way in the World:
The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes
moderated by ILISA BARBASH
October 23, 2020
7:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes DEBORAH WILLIS, JOHN STAUFFER, and SARAH LEWIS—leading experts on the visual record of African American history—for a discussion of their book To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes. Their conversation will be moderated by ILISA BARBASH, the book's co-editor and a curator of visual anthropology at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
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About To Make Their Own Way in the World
To Make Their Own Way in the World is a profound consideration of some of the most challenging images in the history of photography: fifteen daguerreotypes of Alfred, Delia, Drana, Fassena, Jack, Jem, and Renty—men and women of African descent who were enslaved in South Carolina.
Photographed by Joseph T. Zealy for Harvard professor Louis Agassiz in 1850, they were rediscovered at Harvard’s Peabody Museum in 1976. This groundbreaking multidisciplinary volume features essays by prominent scholars who explore such topics as the identities of the people depicted in the daguerreotypes, the close relationship between photography and race, and visual narratives of slavery and its lasting effects. With over two hundred illustrations, including new photography by Carrie Mae Weems, this book frames the Zealy daguerreotypes as works of urgent engagement.
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