with director Thomas Allen Harris

 Friday, Feb. 24th, 2017

  (doors open at 7pm)

Film 7:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Beacon

50 Liberty Street,  Beacon, NY

McKinley Hall.

No Admission Charge: Donations Accepted

Discussion and Refreshments

Through a Lens Darkly:

Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Dear President Obama

Thomas Allen Harris is a filmmaker, transmedia artist and curator whose works illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. Harris’ Films, shorts and video installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Biennial, Reina Sofia, Corcoran Gallery; broadcast on PBS, ARTE, YLE, CBC, and the Sundance Channel as well as screened at the Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Outfest, and FESPACO film festivals. Since 2009, Harris has been touring with his Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow which connects people and communities through the family photo albums. Harris has taught at Yale, Dartmouth and UC San Diego and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NAACP Image Award and was just recently voted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. His other films include: E MinhaCara/That’s My Face, Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, and Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for FairnessType your paragraph here.

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, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.
Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon. African Americans historically embraced the medium as a way to subvert popular stereotypes as far back as the Civil War era, with Frederick Douglass photographed in a suit and black soldiers posing proudly in their uniforms. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals.
Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by photo historian Deborah Willis, the film features the works of esteemed photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others.

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