5: Dr Bertice Berry

In this episode, Dr Bertice Berry explores her Photographic Memory: ‘Whipped Peter’.

Bertice is an award winning comedian & sociologist who shared her experience with the infamous image of slavery titled ‘Whipped Peter’. The photograph, taken in 1863 during the Civil War, was pivotal in shifting public perception about slave owning in the United States. She explores the photo’s impact on culture, trigger warnings & the ability to laugh through grief.

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04:40 Bertice Berry’s Photographic Memory ‘Whipped Peter’

The original and best known image, far left. Alternative productions & details, right.

14:48 An early print of Gordon, with his original clothes.

17:26 Photos from the French national archives in Paris that held an exhibition on crimes and mugshots photography from mid to late 1800

18:00 Kodak’s Shirley Cards

Here is an article on the lasting impact of capturing skin tone in photography.

24:00 Alice Walker quote: “There is a point at which even grief feels absurd. And at this point, laughter gushes up to retrieve sanity.”

See more here: In Search of Our Mother’s Garden

37:00 “Still Here” by Langston Hughes

I been scarred and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
   Snow has friz me,
   Sun has baked me,

Looks like between ’em they done
   Tried to make me

Stop laughin’, stop lovin’, stop livin’–
   But I don’t care!
   I’m still here!

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