To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes
ISBN: 1597114782
EAN13: 9781597114783
Language: English
Pages: 488
Format: Hardcover
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To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes

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Book Overview
To Make Their Own Way in the World is a profound consideration of some of the most challenging images in the early history of photography. The fifteen daguerreotypes--made in 1850 by photographer Joseph T. Zealy--portray Alfred, Delia, Drana, Fassena, Jack, Jem, and Renty, men and women of African descent who were enslaved in South Carolina. Since 1976, when the daguerreotypes were rediscovered at Harvard University's Peabody Museum, the photographs have been the subject of intense and widespread study. To Make Their Own Way in the World features essays by prominent scholars who explore everything from the photographs' historical context and the science of race to the ways in which photography created a visual narrative of slavery and its effects. Multidisciplinary, deeply collaborative, and with more than two hundred illustrations, including new photography by contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, this book frames the Zealy daguerreotypes as works of urgent contemporary inquiry. Copublished by Aperture and Peabody Museum Press