Buck Ellison & Shamus Khan in conversation

Jul 22, 2021

An artist and sociologist discuss their intimate portraits of privilege and power, and implications for American inequalities.

Artist Buck Ellison is featured in the Hammer's Made in L.A. 2020 exhibition. Ellison produces photographs that examine how whiteness and privilege are sustained and broadcast. His process involves thorough research into the lives of his subjects (some fictional, some real, such as the ultraconservative DeVos family, subjects of a series presented in Made in L.A. 2020).

Shamus Khan is professor of sociology and American studies at Princeton University. Khan is the author of more than 100 articles, books, and essays including Privilege: The Making of Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School and Sexual Citizens: Sex, Power and Assault on Campus, which was named a best book of 2020 by NPR.