Uncovering the Path to Freedom: photographs of the Underground Railroad (Soft Cover)

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Uncovering the Path to Freedom: photographs of the Underground Railroad (Soft Cover)


William E. Williams explores both well-known and obscure sites that played a part in the history of the Underground Railroad – from the Caribbean to the Deep South, to the shores of Lake Ontario. The act of researching and locating these sites was the starting point for his creative investigation. The resulting photographs have become more than just documents. Williams has responded to the vernacular landscape by using a variety of camera techniques including sharp focus, depth of field, with medium and large format cameras to heighten the metaphoric content of the images. A careful reading of the photographs reveals a rich material world as well as another world that can only be hinted at because of the silence of these places.  It is his hope that this aesthetic approach will enable the viewer to make psychological connections to these highly charged and storied places.

Included in Uncovering the Path to Freedom is an extensive interview with the artist and a brief history on the Underground Railroad.

This is a soft cover book.

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About the Author

William E. Williams is the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. His photographs have been widely exhibited including group and solo exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The National Gallery, Smith College and Center for Documentary Studies- Duke University.  His work is represented in many public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston, National Gallery Washington, DC. Williams has received individual artist fellowships from the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Soft Cover: 30 Pages

Publisher: Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, 2008

Language: English

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches