New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

The Bitter and the Sublime: Deb Willis on African American History Through Photographs

Deborah Willis, chair of Tisch's Photography & Imaging Department and a leading scholar of African American photography, has devoted her career to questions of black representation through images. Most recently, she's focused on bondage and freedom in the 19th-century with the book Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (for which she and co-author Barbara Krauthamer won a 2014 NAACP Image Award) and a chapter in The Image of the Black in Western Art (edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.).

In this video, Willis—recipient of Guggenheim, Fletcher, and MacArthur fellowships—discusses the power of 19th-century photographs of the enslaved black body, and reflects on how African American photographers have documented their communities over the years.

NYU Stories

140 WORDS

Another election cycle, another chance for pundits to herald the increased polarization of politics in our brave new (digital) world...

READ MORE on research by Pablo Barberá

 


Stressbusters student massage

ARTICLE

When You're Feeling Tense—Who You Gonna Call? Stressbusters!
Read More


SPS Dean Dennis Di Lorenzo

Q&A

Dean Confidential: Dennis Di Lorenzo Can't Get Enough Steak and Cake
Read More


landscaping at NYU

Article

Why Do New Yorkers Seem So Rude?
Read More


Professor Jonathan Viventi with student

VIDEO

NYU Engineer Jonathan Viventi on What It Means to Be 'Brilliant'
Read More


farmers market

VIDEO

Farm-Fresh Veggies for All
Read More

NYU Footer