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Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self 
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416 pages 
Harry N. Abrams 
Published 2003 
About the Author 
Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and director of graduate study for the Visual Arts Division at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Fusco has curated exhibitions for London's ICA, the Brooklyn Museum, and several other venues. Brian Wallis is director of exhibitions and chief curator at the International Center of Photography. In addition to writing several books on contemporary art, he has contributed to many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.  
Book Description 
What role has photography played in shaping our ideas about race, nation, and selfhood? How has the camera been used to construct and contrast images of racial difference? To create or debunk stereotypes and romantic myths about specific ethnic groups? This groundbreaking book is the first to thoroughly investigate the impact that photography has had on race and racial identity in America-among the most profound and explosive issues in our nation's history and everyday life.  
From Dorothea Lange's portrait of Mexican braceros brought to the United States as farm workers, to Anthony Aziz & Sammy Cucher's digitally manipulated, idealized nudes, Only Skin Deep presents historical and contemporary images and embraces a wide range of genres and movements, including portraiture, social documentary, ethnographic photography, fine-art photography, and photojournalism. Complementing the images are four original essays on race and photography, eight reprint essays that have served as foundational documents in the discussion of race, and five case studies that focus more narrowly on representations of specific cultural groups. The book will accompany a national touring exhibition prepared by the International Center of Photography in New York.
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