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March 16, 2011
by Rachel Ellner
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Dean’s Dialogue: Posing Beauty in African American Portraits: A Talk by Dr. Deborah Willis February 8, 2011

“I was a student in the 70s,” said Willis. “I asked my professor ‘Where are the other images,’” of African Americans. “There were (those of) tenant farmers of laborers and that’s fine,” she said. Her professor set her on course to investigate and search for the photos Willis knew had to exist. “I found myself as a resource. The images for me are to open up the dialog…how women are always under surveillance…I’m always asking ‘How are these images used.’”
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