Dr. Camara Holloway an art historian specializing in early 20th century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks.

She is recognized for her expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, Critical Race Art History, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

She is the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH).

She completed her MA, MPhil, and PhD in the History of Art at Yale University. Her BA is from Barnard College where she majored in art history.

Carl Van Vechten by Romaine Brooks, 1936
Carl Van Vechten by Romaine Brooks, 1936

Dr. Holloway’s research centers on modernism and photography within the circum-Atlantic world, paying special attention to the impact of race on art and aesthetics.

She is working on a project about the impact of race on the development of modernist identity and style between the Two World Wars.


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Self-Portrait by James L. Allen, circa 1934

She is also at work on a monograph about the African American photographer James Latimer Allen (1907-1977) based on her crucial research and exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery in 1999 that rescued this major Harlem Renaissance figure from virtual obscurity.