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Through A Lens Darkly

Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

The film explores the history of Black photography and representation, and how contemporary artists use this material as inspiration in their visual storytelling. More info »

Digital Diaspora Roadshow

A Companion Transmedia Project

An audience engagement to discover connections between family archives and the film’s historical narrative, thus creating new communal linkages that underlie our common humanity. More info »


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Thomas Allen HarrisDigital Diaspora @ Yale University's Afro American Center! Kick off event for the Winter/spring semester! Amazing experience and shares! Thank you John!

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After attending the discussion at Temple I thought I should share a photo that is very near and dear to my heart. My mother was born in Jamaica but moved to England at around age 6 to live with her immediate family. She came to the states to pursue a college degree while her siblings as well as her mother stayed in England. When I was younger we would go to visit them almost every year, it was some of the happiest times I can remember. My grandma lived in a town called Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. Her house was located down the street from a horse farm and walking around her neighborhood you could many fields with castle ruins in them. Every day was an adventure when we would stay at her home.
Here is a photo of me (far right), my cousin Chloe, my older sister Justine, my cousin Joshua and behind us all, my cousin Jacob at my grandma's house.
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Thomas Allen HarrisHi Holli, thank you for sharing this photo. Love the joy! And the story!

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Natalie ShmuelThis is a great memory share!!

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Lindsey SeïdeThank you so much for sharing. This is precious. I love the fluffy stuffed animals lol.

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We are twins. Yes, he is my twin brother. People are always amazed how different we look like and so many years I’ve been asked the similar questions over and over again, --- “can you sense each other?” “Do you have Twin spirit?”

In 2014, I came to America to pursue my graduate study and the year after my brother also left our hometown Taiyuan, and went to Tianjin for his further study. This New Year is the first time we didn’t spend new year time with our parents and families. I went to Missouri and in Bass Pro Shops, I took a funny photo with the bear. When I shared my bear photo with my family that night, my brother sent back a photo of him with a bear as well, which was taken that day in a museum of Tianjin. My mom laughed so hard and collaged the two photos together.

I don’t have many family photos with me, but this is the photo I’ll carry always. It makes me smile and feel wonderful and lucky to have someone in this big world share part of my life and spirit. Even though we are far away but we are together. :)
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Rea TajiriYou do have twin spirit !!!! I'm so surprised to learn that you are a twin! I had no idea -- How beautiful to see you together here. Many of my students are from China and they don't have their family albums-- but its very moving how these photos are our lucky totems.

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Katie JanssenWhat a wonderful story -- thanks for sharing!

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Meser Belayu are so lucky dear!!

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Natalie Shmuellol! amazing!! not even just the fact that you both took a picture with the bear, but the playful hand gestures as well!

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Lindsey SeïdeThat's so cute lol

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Rea TajiriLove the hair styles, the fashions and that silver tree.

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Lindsey SeïdeLove the holiday photos!

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People who come to my house and see this photo ask "Who's that man with Louis Armstrong?" I say "That's my dad" Then they ask "Why is he with Louis Armstrong? and What is he holding in his hand?" I say "He's holding a camera and he was taking a photo of Louis for Playboy magazine." My father was the photo editor for Playboy from 1955-1969/70. The photo below it, was my dad flanked by his photography staff, they're dressed up in silk pajamas and holding coca-cola bottles spoofing on Hef. ( Hefners favorite beverage was coca-cola) My father was concerned when he passed that he'd only be remembered for his work at Playboy. What went unrecognized was that he was also a photo-journalist and had an unpublished photo book documenting the Japanese in Chicago - post world WarII-- the 'migration' from the internment camps.
My father is Vince Tajiri
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Gabriela WatsonLove it!

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Rea TajiriThis is the frontispeice first page from the first chapter of the book "The Japanese In Chicago" He too was interested in documentary photography. My siblings, my nieces and nephews and I were all influenced by his aesthetics and his love of jazz.

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Denise GreeneRea! This is so much fun! Thanks for posting

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Rea TajiriHere he is, on a photo shoot

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Lisa LewenzWhat a great treat! I never knew....

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Thomas Allen HarrisLove this photo and post. We did a DDFR Roadshow hosted by the Louis Armstrong House Museum a few years back! I'll try to share some of this at the upcoming talk/workshop at Temple with you! What synchronicity!

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Thomas Allen HarrisDeborah Willis Zun Lee check this out

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Thomas Allen HarrisWoo Jung Cho

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Don PalmerDamn girl (and I mean that in an old southern sense like mam and sir and I can't believe it language like aw shit) why u never told me when I was a lowly program director. Cool.

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Vince SchleitwilerI'm always amazed at the self-presence he must have had to say, well Mr. Armstrong, if you've got your horn, let me hold my camera too!

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Natalie ShmuelGreat amazing share! Wonderful photos to go with it as well! Is there a way I can see the photos he took when he was documenting Japanese Americans during/post WWII?

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Cauleen SmithThis is just so tantalizing. Thanks for opening another portal Chicago portal for me. I'm diving in!

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Nelson GeorgeGreat story.

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Leslie Farrelltoo cool!!!

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Rhonda Millsthanks for sharing this story.

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Natalie ShmuelI don't think you've mentioned his name!

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David Van TaylorDid he smoke dope w Louis? MAybe the most influential pothead ever.

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Mary MarshallThank you Rea Tajiri for posting this photo and sharing your father's history. I hope you will share more.

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Shirl HammonsRea Tajiri that's hot😎

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Rea TajiriMary Marshall thank you I will try. Everything is in storage -- but very inspiring the respinse and curiosity. Im finding the Shared stories and interconnections here are rich and open up the spaces for talk and new ways of seeing

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Connie BottinelliRea Tajiri we just don't know the wonderful stories in people's families. My favorite part of this image is your own reflection on it decades later.

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Miriam D. TabbIn honor of your father , you should publish a book of his most popular photos and never seen before photos

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Bisa ButlerNow that's a great photo!

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Jaheed AshleyI love your reflection in the photograph superimposed nice technique

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