What happens in Birmingham, Ala., is a microcosm of the United States — both good and bad — and in 1963, that microcosm was almost unfathomable: White racists planted bombs at an African-American church, killing four African-American girls and wounding scores of others. The killers were unrepentant, and two of them were arrested and jailed only in the past 15 years. The dynamiting of the 16th Street Baptist Church helped galvanize landmark civil rights laws. On a micro level, images of the tragedy and its aftermath — including racial violence in Birmingham that killed two black boys — had a profound impact on a child, Dawoud Bey, who has grown up to become an academic and photographer of note. Only recently has Bey come to terms with the Birmingham tragedy. Only recently has Bey revisited the scene of bloodshed and taken what can be called... More >>>