Isaac Julien and Deborah Willis in Conversation

The history of photography and its potential as a tool for racial justice guides this conversation between Deborah Willis and Isaac Julien.
19 January 2021

Deborah Willis is a leading scholar in the investigation and recovery of the legacy of African American photography. Together with Julien, the two will take Frederick Douglass’ interest in photography’s capacity for representation beyond caricature and its potential as a tool for racial justice as the point of departure for this wide-ranging conversation.


Willis and Julien’s shared interest in the concept of the photographic archive, extending back to Julien’s landmark work Looking for Langston (1989), will further illuminate the utopian values and ideas that Douglass and his contemporaries shared.

This event happened on Tue, Jan 19 2021. You can find the recording of it here.  


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