A&E Highlights: Respect Existence or Expect Resistance

Civil Rights Era Photographs from the Collection
Addison Gallery of American Art  l  Now through July 30

Drawn from the Addison’s permanent collection, the 38 photographs assembled in “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance” not only bear witness to a seminal period in American history, but also attest to the important role photography played in the civil rights movement. Activists and journalists on both sides of the struggle realized early on the power of images to awaken public outrage, raise awareness and elicit support.

Describing the resonance and lasting legacy of civil rights era photographs, author and photographer Steven Kasher has written: “They are an essential part of our vision of a true democracy. They are documents that can inspire us to find new ways out of our current morass. We must look at these pictures and feel embarrassment and fear and rage. We must look them and feel hope. We must look at them to learn new ways to transform our nation.”

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Top of page: Leonard Freed, “Brooklyn, New York,” 1963, gelatin silver print, gift of Brigitte and Leonard Freed, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, 2002.6 Above: Gordon Parks, Untitled (Black Muslims), 1963, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, 2010, 2017.13.

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