Black people in post-war America: New exhibition documents an often brutal experience

By Zoe Pilger for the INDEPENDENT on April 7, 2015

Photo Booth (2008) by Lorna Simpson is a beautiful assemblage of tiny framed photo booth images of black Americans, possibly from the Fifties. They show dapper men in trilby hats. The frames lend a grandeur to this fast, cheap, throwaway medium. They raise questions about the power and legacy imparted by the genre of portraiture: whose image is preserved and whose is forgotten? ...

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Image Credit:
Lorna Simpson, Photo Booth, 2008.
Image is courtesy of Artist Lorna Simpson and Salon 94, New York.

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