Vanessa R. Schwartz is Professor of Art History and History at the University of Southern California, where she directs the Visual Studies Research Institute. She specializes in 19th and 20th c. European and American visual culture, especially photography, film and design. A special issue of Representations, co-edited with Daniela Bleichmar and with a co-written essay called “Visual History: The Past in Pictures” was published in March 2019. Schwartz is also the author of Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in fin-de-siècle Paris (1998); It’s So French! Hollywood, Paris and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture (2007); Modern France: A Very Short Introduction (2011); and Jet Age Aesthetic: The Glamour of Media in Motion (2020). She has co-edited, Getting the Picture: The Visual Culture of the News (2015), The Nineteenth Century Visual Culture Reader (2000) and Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life (1995).