New Writing

7 March 2012

New writing on the Peabody Museum’s daguerreotypes of American slaves is published on The Mirror of Race project website:

‘Fair Women are Transformed into Negresses’ is a med­i­ta­tion on writ­ing about oppressed indi­vid­u­als pho­tographed for sci­en­tific pur­poses, and whether it is pos­si­ble to lib­er­ate such peo­ple through an act of imagination. Link:

‘ Louis Agassiz: Full-Face and Profile’ takes a bio­graph­i­cal approach to pho­tographs of slaves, con­sid­er­ing the images in rela­tion to the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional atti­tudes of the nat­u­ral­ist who com­mis­sioned them. Link:

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Highly Commended

1 May 2011

Delia’s Tears has been ‘highly commended’ by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation at their annual photography book award ceremony on 28 April and is now ‘on show’ at Somerset House, London.

British Journal of Photography article >>

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Molly Rogers in conversation with David Blight

26 January 2011

On Wednesday, 23 February 2011, Molly Rogers will discuss Delia’s Tears with Professor David Blight of the Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

The event – which is free and open to the public – will take place at 430 pm, Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street, New Haven, Connecticut. For more information call 203-432-3339 or email

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Editors’ Choice 2010

25 November 2010

Delia’s Tears has been selected by the editors of Booklist as one of the best titles published in 2010 and will be featured in a special issue of the journal in January.

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Delia’s Tears launched in the UK!

5 July 2010

On Thursday, 1 July, Delia’s Tears was officially launched in the UK at a party held at the University of Warwick. Many thanks to everyone who attended and made it such a great event.

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Delia’s Tears is available now!

26 April 2010

Launched on 26 April, Delia’s Tears can now be ordered from American booksellers. Weaving together the histories of race, science and photography in nineteenth-century America, Delia’s Tears tells the story behind a group of photographs depicting slaves from South Carolina plantations.

Publisher’s Weekly calls Delia’s Tears a “well-researched history [that] paints a rich panorama of the mental world of slavery—the slaves’ anxiety and humiliation, the planters’ callousness and hypocrisy, the corrupt pseudoscience that explained it all as natural law rather than human oppression.”

To order your copy, follow the links on this page.

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