Red Summer, 2017-2018

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Due to their size and vulnerability, "Red Summer" prints are temporarily unavailable pending custom rehousing by Conservation staff.

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The photographs in this collection were printed in 2019 on an Epson 7880, with Epson Legacy Etching paper and Epson Ultrachrome Pigment inks.

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1.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Scope and content:

The photographer includes this statement on his work:

"The Red Summer portfolio represents the stories of various locations in the American landscape where racial violence (often characterized as 'Race Wars' at the time) erupted between 1917 and 1923. These years of conflict reveal several aspects of racial anxiety that inform our contemporary experience, including, though not limited to; racism, fear of violent black revolt, lynching, poverty, mass incarceration, and competition for employment.

The project is a series of large format prints (currently available at 24" x 42") that combine photographs of the contemporary landscape made at or near the site of racial conflict with fragmented selections of contemporaneous newspaper reporting (1917-1923). In many cases the newsprint images include the surrounding stories or advertisements. The combination of the landscape photograph and the reproduction of newspaper fragments (which invade the contemporary with a narrative from the past), is a rupture and a conversation on the timeline between past and present.

The conceptualization of 'the veil' as expressed by DuBois, has been a visual metaphor for the representation of race within my work for several decades; particularly in the two projects known as 'Schools for the Colored' and 'Red Summer.' The newspaper, a form of public record and commentary, is a veil of information through which most of the country as well as many in the international community, understood and misunderstood these events."


Prints are arranged in original order as received.

Physical facet:
30 photographic prints
24x42 inches


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Collection is open for research.

Please exercise caution when using this collection as the digital color prints are easily abraded or scratched. Please refrain from touching the surface and do not flex the prints.

Due to their size and vulnerability, "Red Summer" prints are temporarily unavailable pending custom rehousing by Conservation staff.

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