The Paris Albums 1900: W. E. B. Du Bois
October 24, 2013 - January 2014
Curated by Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai
For the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, W.E.B. Du Bois, the leading scholar and civil rights activist, and Thomas J Calloway, laywer and educator, strategically employed 363 photographs in the American Negro Exhibit.
To mark the 50th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’ passing, Autograph ABP and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Researchpresent a selection of 200 portraits from this important archive to re-examine the critical question of representation in the 21st Century.
In retrospect, Du Bois’ remarkable collection of photographs - originally compiled for the volume, Types of American Negroes, Georgia, U.S.A - can be read as the origins of a visual construction of a new African-American identity. They provide an extraordinary insight into the conditions of black culture at the end of the nineteenth century, only thirty five years after the abolition of slavery.