Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography by Martin A. BergerSeeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography by Martin A. Berger

Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography

byMartin A. BergerForeword byDavid J. Garrow

Paperback | May 2, 2011

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Seeing through Race is a boldly original reinterpretation of the iconic photographs of the black civil rights struggle. Martin A. Berger's provocative and groundbreaking study shows how the very pictures credited with arousing white sympathy, and thereby paving the way for civil rights legislation, actually limited the scope of racial reform in the 1960s. Berger analyzes many of these famous images-dogs and fire hoses turned against peaceful black marchers in Birmingham, tear gas and clubs wielded against voting-rights marchers in Selma-and argues that because white sympathy was dependent on photographs of powerless blacks, these unforgettable pictures undermined efforts to enact-or even imagine-reforms that threatened to upend the racial balance of power.
Martin A. Berger is Professor and Director of the Visual Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Man Made: Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood and Sight Unseen: Whiteness and American Visual Culture, both from UC Press. David J. Garrow is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of...
Title:Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights PhotographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.7 inPublished:May 2, 2011Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520268644

ISBN - 13:9780520268647

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Table of Contents

Foreword by David J. Garrow

Introduction: The Iconic Photographs of Civil Rights

1. The Formulas of Documentary Photography
2. White Shame, White Empathy
3. Perfect Victims and Imperfect Tactics
4. The Lost Images of Civil Rights

Epilogue: The Afterlife of Images

List of Illustrations

Editorial Reviews

"A comprehensive study of the language in which editors, reporters, and photographers shaped and demarcated the period's field of vision."