Shawn Michelle Smith is Professor and Chair of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She writes about the history and theory of photography in the United States, and gender and race in visual culture. Her books include: American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture (Princeton 1999) Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture ( Duke 2004) Lynching Photographs (co-authored with Dora Apel, California 2007), Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity (co-edited with Maurice O. Wallace, Duke 2012), and At the Edge of Sight: Photography and the Unseen (Duke 2013), winner of the 2014 Lawrence W. Levine Award for best book in American cultural history from the Organization of American Historians.
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Image caption: Lorna Simpson, 9 Props, 1995