In this lecture, entitled “In Order to Form a More Perfect Likeness: Frederick Douglass, Photography and the Image of the Nation,” Laura Wexler discusses Frederick Douglass’s little-known contributions to a theory of photography as political action. The famed African American abolitionist was one of the most photographed men of the nineteenth-century. But his engagement with photography extended well beyond his numerous, widely circulated portraits. Part of the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation Seminar in New York and American Material Culture at the Bard Graduate Center. For more information, please visit bgc.bard.edu.

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