Photography, the Image, and Social Protests

with Deborah Willis
Monday, December 7, 2020 • Monday, December 14, 2020
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are closed.

We will survey historic and contemporary images, mostly photographic, which document the influential leaders and events of the civil rights movement of the 20th century to social protests of the 21st century. These images were intended to promote racial justice, end segregation, establish voting rights, and call attention to injustices within Black communities in the United States and South Africa.

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Deborah Willis is professor and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she teaches photography & imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories. The recipient of a MacArthur and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, and co-author of The Black Female Body A Photographic History; Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs. She has appeared in and consulted on media projects including the documentary Through A Lens Darkly and Question Bridge: Black Males, which received the ICP Infinity Award 2015, and American Photography, a PBS documentary. 

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