Lynching Photography and the Visual Reproduction of White Supremacy

  title={Lynching Photography and the Visual Reproduction of White Supremacy},
  author={Amy Louise Wood},
  journal={American Nineteenth Century History},
  pages={373 - 399}
  • A. Wood
  • Published 1 September 2005
  • Art, History
  • American Nineteenth Century History
This essay argues that lynching photographs constructed and perpetuated white supremacist ideology by creating permanent images of a controlled white citizenry juxtaposed to images of helpless and powerless black men. These images gained further cultural force because they co‐existed within a host of conventions and assumptions about photography, including the expectation that photographs revealed objective truth. I argue that although lynching photographs were conspicuously modern in many ways… 

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