Putting a lens on race, photography, and citizenship

January 9, 2017
Putting a lens on race, photography, and citizenship

Professor Sarah Lewis sits down with the Boston Globe to discuss "Vision & Justice."

CAMBRIDGE — What’s the relationship between race, photography, and citizenship?

That question lies at the heart of Harvard scholar Sarah Lewis’s work, which these days is having quite a moment.

Last summer, the curator and art historian caused a major stir when she guest-edited “Vision & Justice,” a special issue of Aperture magazine on photography and the African-American experience. The issue, showcasing the work of academics, artists, and photographers, was quickly embraced by readers for its panoptic view of black life, selling 20,000 copies in less than two months and becoming required reading for all incoming freshman at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. (continue reading)