FRESH TALK: Sarah Lewis—Vision & Justice

Explore photography as a catalyst for social change.

As the first guest editor in Aperture magazine’s 64-year history, Sarah Lewis defined the relationship between what we see (vision) and what we fix (justice) in the landmark 2016 “Vision & Justice” issue. By turning the pages of the magazine into a primary source for exploring visual literacy, citizenship, and representational justice, Lewis positioned photography as a catalyst for social change.

Join us for an evening that will explore these questions and more:

  • In our image-driven society, is visual literacy a necessary tool to citizenship?
  • Does photography have the power to correct age-old narratives used to justify injustice?
  • What is the role of the photojournalist or fine art photographer today?


  • Sarah Lewis, bestselling author, curator, and Harvard professor
  • In conversation with: Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography, and director of the Center for African American Media Arts at National Museum of African American History and Culture


SOLD OUT. Very limited number of standby seats may be available on the day of the program, no guaranteed entry.

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FRESH TALK is presented by the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change public program initiative.

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