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Lance Warren is a filmmaker and photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Together with his wife, Hannah Ayers, and their production company, Field Studio, he makes media at the intersection of history and social justice.
May 7, 2018 -
The photographs and reflections that follow describe sites of 19th- and 20th-century lynchings as they appear today. The images of the killing fields are not graphic. In fact, in their 21st-century forms, these and most other sites of Southern lynchings are disguised by natural beauty and the nothing-to-see-here normalcy of everyday life. Where the text conveys a history of brutality and details of depravity, the intent is not to shock but to offer an accurate record — long-hidden — of what happened in these places. It's a past that calls us all to witness and action.
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