Shawn Michelle Smith
Reading Uncle Tom's CabinExcess and AccidentImages for Isaac LoweryUntitled (Abu Ghraib)In the CrowdWhen the Train Rolls InMaintaining a LifeHey, Little ManFragments from a Family AlbumAmerican ArchivesPhotography on the Color LineLynching PhotographsPictures and ProgressAt the Edge of SightPhotography and the Optical UnconsciousPhotographic Returns
My work is about photography: what it is, what it means, what it does. I explore the history and theory of photography in a number of different ways in my work as scholar, writer, artist, and educator. All of my projects begin with looking closely at images and considering them in their historical contexts. I am interested in how photographs are invested with meaning, and in how they come to have specific cultural significance at different historical moments.

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