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312 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 58 halftones, notes, bibl., index

Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare

Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle


In Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare, Leigh Raiford argues that over the past one hundred years, activists in the black freedom struggle have used photographic imagery both to gain political recognition and to develop a different visual vocabulary about black lives. Offering readings of the use of photography in the anti-lynching movement, the civil rights movement, and the black power movement, Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare focuses on key transformations in technology, society, and politics to understand the evolution of photography's deployment in capturing white oppression, black resistance, and African American life.

About the Author

Leigh Raiford is associate professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley.


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