This response offers a critical engagement with and reflection on the work of photographer D. Michael Cheers, specifically his essay on sound and photography, “Listening for the Pictures: Capturing History in Real Time,” in conjunction with selections of his photographic work on protest and Black life.
Discrepant Fidelity: Aurality in Michael Cheers’s Photographic Engagements with Black Life
Carter Mathes is a specialist in African American literature, 20th-century literature, and African Diaspora studies. His first book, Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature After Civil Rights (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) focuses on the relationship between sound and literary innovation during the 1960s and '70s. Currently, he is working on a second book, Ecologies of Funk, that examines formations of Black radical thought in literature and music as they move between Jamaica and New Orleans during the second half of the 20th century. He has published essays in venues including Small Axe, Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, and African American Review, and has articles and chapters in progress and forthcoming on jazz in the civil rights movement, dub music within contemporary Jamaican literary aesthetics, and afrofuturism in low-fi hip-hop production.
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Carter Mathes; Discrepant Fidelity: Aurality in Michael Cheers’s Photographic Engagements with Black Life. Resonance 1 June 2021; 2 (2): 307–313. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/res.2021.2.2.307
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