International Journal of the Image
Racism remains a pervasive problem in society. Beyond iconic photographs that capture a distinct moment in history that prompt reflection on racism, art can be a powerful prompt to encourage society to reflect on this persistent difficult truth. Norman Rockwell and Samuel Bak reconfigured highly recognized photographs into portraits with the intention to explore questions about racism. The photographs and the art they inspired feature a single child in the midst of surrounding racism. Through the use of these images, Rockwell and Bak move audiences beyond the immediate consideration of racism, toward healing, and to future transformation.
Schaffer, C. & Viator, M. (2021). Exploring difficult truths and the possibility of healing and transformation through the art of Norman Rockwell and Samuel Bak. International Journal of the Image, 12(2), 65-78. https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8560/CGP/v12i02/65-78