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In this seminar Daniel C. Blight will discuss the relationship between photography and racial whiteness. Despite the history and theory of photography’s critical turn to questions of colonialism, imperialism and race, these important discourses have left the visual logic of racial whiteness largely unexamined.
Drawing on research in sociology of race, critical philosophy of race and critical whiteness studies, Blight will consider the visual dimensions of the invention of racial whiteness, the notion of seeing whiteness photographically, and the differences between white racial knowledge and white racial understanding. The presentation will be visually led, with a number of images and photographs centred in the discussion.
Daniel C. Blight is Lecturer in Photography (Historical & Critical Studies), School of Art and Media, University of Brighton.
Recent work includes the chapter contribution “Ways of Seeing Whiteness” in Ducey, K., Feagin, J. and Headley, C. (Eds.) George Yancy: A Critical Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) and the edited book The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization (SPBH Editions/Art on the Underground. 2019). He is currently working on a monograph — Photography’s White Racial Frame — and slowly preparing a PhD in Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London.
In April 2022 he will be a visiting scholar in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Top image: Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study (0X5A2919), 2018. Courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.), New York; DOCUMENT, Chicago; and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles.