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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014)

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A film that explores how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. This epic tale poetically moves ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Arthé Anthony Arthé Anthony ... Herself
Anthony Barboza Anthony Barboza ... Himself
Hugh Bell Hugh Bell ... Himself
David G. Berger David G. Berger ... Himself
Dawoud Bey Dawoud Bey ... Himself
Sheila Pree Bright Sheila Pree Bright ... Herself
Marcus Bruce Marcus Bruce ... Himself
Michael Chambers Michael Chambers ... Himself
Albert Chong Albert Chong ... Himself
Lisa Gail Collins Lisa Gail Collins ... Herself
Bridget Cooks Bridget Cooks ... Herself
Adger W. Cowans Adger W. Cowans ... Himself
Renee Cox Renee Cox ... Herself
C. Daniel Dawson C. Daniel Dawson ... Himself
Jonathan Eubanks Jonathan Eubanks ... Himself
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A film that explores how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. This epic tale poetically moves between the present and the past, through contemporary photographers and artists whose images and stories seek to reconcile legacies of pride and shame while giving voice to images long suppressed, forgotten, and hidden from sight. Written by Anonymous

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,764, 29 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,169, 25 January 2015
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This beautiful film was made with love!
17 December 2014 | by gregorykvarnerSee all my reviews

This documentary is a surprising blend of art history, personal essay, and social critique. You'll learn about many photographers, including some you may not already know. There are interviews with (or remarks about) many artists, including James VanDerZee, the celebrated photographer of the Harlem Renaissance; Gordon Parks, whose great images from Life magazine will be familiar to many; Carrie Mae Weems; Lyle Ashton Harris; Glenn Ligon; and Renee Cox, among others. There are also interviews with historians such as Robin D. G. Kelley. In total, the interviewees offer many insightful remarks about what photography is, and what it can do. Seeing so many unfamiliar and, in most cases, beautiful images, from the time when photography began up to the present, you are sure to be touched and amazed. And the director's personal story will move you, too. This thoughtful film is a treasure, not to be missed!


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