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FotoTalk: Andrew Lichtenstein - Marked, Unmarked, Remembered

  • Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)
Photo credit: Andrew Lichtenstein, Dakota riders return to Mankato, 2012 

Photo credit: Andrew Lichtenstein, Dakota riders return to Mankato, 2012 

From Wounded Knee to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and from the Upper Big Branch mine disaster to the Trail of Tears, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered presents photographs of significant sites from US history, posing unsettling questions about the contested memory of traumatic episodes from the nation’s past. Focusing especially on landscapes related to African American, Native American, and labor history, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered reveals new vistas of officially commemorated sites, sites that are neglected or obscured, and sites that serve as a gathering place for active rituals of organized memory.

These powerful photographs by award-winning photojournalist Andrew Lichtenstein are interspersed with short essays by some of the leading historians of the United States. The book is introduced with substantive meditations on meaning and landscape by Alex Lichtenstein, editor of the American Historical Review, and Edward T. Linenthal, former editor of the Journal of American History. Individually, these images convey American history in new and sometimes startling ways. Taken as a whole, the volume amounts to a starkly visual reckoning with the challenges of commemorating a violent and conflictual history of subjugation and resistance that we forget at our peril. Book will be available for sale on site. Learn more at: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781943665891

This talk is part of the Logan FotoTalks on Saturday 11/11. Check out the full lineup here!