Leslie Meredith Wilson
LESLIE WILSON Instructor, Art History (2013). BA, International Relations, 2004, Wellesley College; PhD expected, 2015, University of Chicago. Dissertation: Beyond Committed, Past Concerned: Photography as a Documentary Medium in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Recent Research: 20th Century South African photography; documentary theory; art and political transformation; modern and contemporary African art; photography of US urban development (1960-1980).
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago specializing in the study of contemporary documentary photography and its relationship to art, the everyday, reportage, and protest movements. My dissertation—Beyond Committed, Past Concerned: Photography as a Documentary Medium in Post-Apartheid South Africa—draws on a broad international history of photography and photo criticism to examine the images, rhetoric, and institutions that shaped new approaches to photography in South Africa in the 1990s and early 2000s.
My research interests include the history of photography, documentary practices, the relationship between art and politics, modern and contemporary African art, modern and contemporary American art, and the landscape in visual art.
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