Frances Benjamin Johnson

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Frances Benjamin Johnson

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March 13, 2017

One of the photographers discussed in this chapter is Frances Benjamin Johnson, a white female photographer who took a series of photographs of the African-American and Native American students at the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in 1899. Read the article by Sarah Bassnett, “From Public Relations to Art: Exhibiting Frances Benjamin Johnson’s Hampton Institute Photographs” (pay most attention to the beginning and end of the article, but you can skim the middle section, pages 160-165): attached or at http://www.torontophotographyseminar.org/sites/default/files/uploads/5_Bassnett.pdf.  Then, write your post by reflecting on how you think the meaning of Johnson’s photographs changed when they were exhibited in different venues and contexts. Finish by describing a new context for Johnson’s photographs: where would you display them, and what would this new context say about them? At John Jay, in your home, on Tumblr, on a billboard over the Lincoln Tunnel, in the White House… wherever you can imagine!

 

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