In the Details
Working with family snapshots from the 1930s and 1940s, Shawn Michelle Smith focuses on the people, objects, and shadows that populate the edges of photographic frames. Drawn to the details that were overlooked by the original photographers, she re-photographs sections and hangs them in grids, bringing forward new narratives from old. The exhibition includes work from two series, Excess and Accident and When the Train Rolls In. Smith is a multi-published Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her scholarly books include Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity (forthcoming); and Defining Moments in American Photography; Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture (2004); among others. Her photographic work has been exhibited all over the country in both one person and group exhibitions.