Picturing frederick douglass marks a significant turn in the long history of douglasss reception both as a subject for photography and as a critical theorist who reflected on the democratic humane and truth telling powers of the medium douglass emerges in this beautiful volume in a completely new light. david w blight yale university and author of the forthcoming frederick douglass a life in picturing frederick douglass stauffer trodd and bernier offer exhilarating scholarship and our idea of douglass and our sense of photography in nineteenth century america are deepened this is brilliant and very moving work. Picturing frederick douglass an illustrated biography of the nineteenth centurys most photographed american book stauffer john picturing frederick douglass is a work that promises to revolutionize our knowledge of race and photography in nineteenth century america teeming with historical detail it is filled with surprises chief among them the fact that neither george custer nor walt . Picture this frederick douglass was the most photographed man of his time the abolitionist wanted to ensure a more accurate depiction of black americans during the tumultuous years before the . Douglass we learn in picturing frederick douglass an illustrated biography of the nineteenth centurys most photographed american was convinced of the importance of photography he wrote
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