By Shawn Michelle Smith

The introduction of images revolutionized belief, making noticeable what was most unlikely to determine with the human eye. In At the sting of Sight, Shawn Michelle Smith engages those dynamics of seeing and never seeing, focusing realization as a lot on absence as presence, at the invisible because the noticeable. Exploring the boundaries of images and imaginative and prescient, she asks: What fails to sign in photographically, and what is still past the body? what's hidden through layout, and what's obscured via cultural blindness? Smith reports manifestations of photography's brush with the unseen in her personal photographic paintings and around the wide-ranging photos of early American photographers, together with F. Holland Day, Eadweard Muybridge, Andrew J. Russell, Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, and Augustus Washington. She concludes through exhibiting how matters raised within the 19th century stay pertinent this present day within the pictures of Abu Ghraib. eventually, Smith explores the ability of images to bare what continues to be past the sting of sight.

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