Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People


Friday, April 4
9:45 PM

The Plaza Theatre, Chipotle Auditorium

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directed by Thomas Allen Harris
USA, 2013, English, 90 minutes

Poetically moving between the past and the present, “Through a Lens Darkly” explores ideas around family, community, race and culture through African American representation and how contemporary Black artists use this material as inspiration in their visual storytelling. The film begins with the filmmaker’s consideration of conflicting legacies regarding his humanity and self-worth as an African American. He assembles a community of leading photographers and artists—including Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Lyle Ashton Harris and Glenn Ligon, among others—who together shake up the familiar foundations of the images that have shaped the popular culture’s view of what 'Blackness' is and who 'Black people' are.

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