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



Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
UNITED STATES
NEW YORK  •  Film Forum  •  27 August - 9 September 2014
 
Film Forum presents the US premiere of Thomas Allen Harrisís Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. Inspired by Deborah Willisís groundbreaking book, Reflections in Black (Willis is also a co-producer), the documentary casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Harrisís family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. Through a Lens Darkly is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations, while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens.

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Detailed schedule information:
Screenings daily at 12:45, 2:50, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30

Contact: Film Forum
209 West Houston Street
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 727 81 10

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