Coming this fall: “Say It with Pictures”

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Organizers Amy Mooney and Deborah Willis have kindly invited me to participate in this project on black photographers in Chicago in the early 20th century.

Check it out on social media @sayitwithpics and @sayitwithpicsthenandnow and see more at sayitwithpictures.org

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“THROUGH A LENS DARKLY” to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

I am supposed to appear as a talking head in this documentary about black photography.

Epic Documentary is First Film to Examine the Role of Black Photographers in Shaping Identity of African Americans from Slavery to the Present

Award-winning filmmaker/director/producer Thomas Allen Harris’ recently completed documentary film, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE, will make its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. This epic film, about contemporary artists and scholars probing the recesses of the American dream by interrogating images of stories suppressed, forgotten and lost, is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. The film brings to light previously hidden and largely unknown images by both professional and vernacular African American photographers which add to our understanding of history by providing a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of Black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon.

“My whole team and I are extremely excited and humbled by this honor,” says Thomas Allen Harris. “Inspired by the work of our co-producer Deborah Willis, this project has been ten years in the making. We’re looking forward to audiences experiencing this incredible content, much of which has never been seen before.”

Harlem Streets In The 1930’s (video)

Father Divine, The March of Time, Harlem, 1930’s (video)

Madam C. J. Walker Beauty Shoppe, Harlem

“Exile” With The Connie’s Inn Chorus Line, 1930’s (Videos)

Leonard Harper Transformed Harlem, 1920’s

Man And Women Harlem Style, 1920’s

The Hobby Horse

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This empty lot at 205 West 136th Street is the site of a former bookstore and cafe that catered to the black avant-garde. I just learned that my great-aunt went there back in the day. So thrilling!