Books from Our Faculty: The Appearance of Black Lives Matter by Nicholas Mirzoeff


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“Police killings captured on cell-phone video or photographs have become the hallmark of United States visual culture in the twenty-first century,” writes Nicholas Mirzoeff, a professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Media Culture, and Communication, in The Appearance of Black Lives Matter.

Mirzoeff’s book examines the transformation of visual culture spanning the time of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown; from the summer of 2014 to the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017.

“As a person designated “white” by the color line in the United States, I proceed from the perspective of anti-antiblackness. I study the formation of the space of appearance, that space where we catch a glimpse of the society that is to come.”

The book is free; download The Appearance of Black Lives Matter eBook.