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March 07-10, 2019

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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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"PROOF: Photographs from Four Generations of a Texas Family"

Byrd Williams (I)

Saturday, March 11 - 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Orlando IV

I will examine an archive consisting of photographs and letters dating back to the U.S. Civil War. It is a mini history of photography in Texas. Walking into this archive is to walk among the dead. I am the last remaining survivor in this Borgesian library of images. It was fiendishly comical when I noticed the irony of what had taken place: middle-class transubstantiation. Instead of bread and wine turning into body and blood of Christ, four generations of my forefathers’ bodies and blood have turned into paper and silver. Entire lives reside in coffins of image folders.

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Byrd Williams
Byrd Williams

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