In Plain Sight: Photography and the Black diaspora in Liverpool 1848 – 1948
University of Liverpool
Professor Michelle Henning
Dr Wallis Motta
My research will critically explore representations of the Black presence and ‘lived experience[s] of Blackness’ (Fanon, 1986:109-140) in Liverpool and its Black communities, as articulated through photographic images. Through comprehensive archival analysis, my research will seek to demonstrate the existence and nature of pre-1948 photography, with a special focus on works by people of colour; its contexts of production and use; and evaluate existing approaches to interpretation and archiving. Contributing to anti-racist conversations in cultural institutions rekindled by the Black Lives Matter movement, I aim to collaboratively inform interpretive, archiving and cataloguing practices that shape the global story of Liverpool and indeed, Britain.
archival and interpretive practice,
cultural representation and collaborative design.