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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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Adrian D. JonesWow. I love her. I hope I get to meet her one day. Go Thomas!!

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Tonight's coverage of the African American Film Critics Association Awards with red carpet live streaming and real-time social media content will be produced and coordinated by me with help from Lionsgate's CodeBlack Entertainment and FX Movie Channel :-) see you online!

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Nicole FranklinThat's great, Miles!! Have a great time!

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Thomas Allen HarrisBeautiful! Life! Thank you Sisay!

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Michelle Materre shared Creatively Speaking Film Series's post to the group: Digital Diaspora Family Reunion.

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D'Nese MooreThanks for sharing. I shared too!!! Blessings.

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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 What went unrecognized was that he was also a photo-journalist and had an unpublished photo book documenting the Japanese in Chicago - post world WarII-- the 'migration' from the internment camps.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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