Contemporary Photography and Whiteness, Self Publish Be Happy Education

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


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. Blight will suggest that in order for “western” photography to properly confront its violent participation in the development and continuation of white supremacy, it might begin an elucidative and critically self-reflexive discussion of racial whiteness, one informed by concepts developed in the areas of critical whiteness studies and the sociology and philosophy of race. To approach this task, Blight will consider the writings of Barbara Applebaum, Alastair Bonnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks and George Yancy, alongside work by artists that have made race-critical photography, including Michelle Dizon and Viêt Lê, Buck Ellison, Sophie Gabrielle and Hank Willis Thomas.
Period12 Nov 2020
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Photography
  • Racial Whiteness
  • Race
  • Visual Culture
  • Art History
  • Colonialism
  • Critical Philosophy of Race
  • Sociology of Race
  • Orientalism