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

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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

Image courtesy of First Run Features

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

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

Image courtesy of First Run Features

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

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

Image courtesy of First Run Features

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

(Thomas Allen Harris, 2014)

New Documentary

Nonfiction filmmaking holds a strong appeal for many committed directors and producers. This ongoing series lets you sample wide-ranging approaches to the contemporary documentary.

Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7 PM

Beginning with his own family album, director Thomas Allen Harris takes a historical look at the way black photographers and their subjects have used the medium for social change. By also examining the work of fellow photographers Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon, and Deborah Willis (who is also a co-producer and whose book Reflections in Black was an inspiration for the film), Harris confronts popular culture’s notion of “blackness” and “black people.” (92 mins., video) The work of Weems, Simpson, and Ligon was featured in the acclaimed exhibition Blues for Smoke, which made a stop at the Wexner Center last fall.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Reserve your tickets now for Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, on view Sept 21–Dec 31. Learn more about the exhibition.

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)