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Once (Now) Again by Lyle Ashton Harris at the 2017 Whitney Biennial!

Last March, I had the pleasure to join my brother, artist Lyle Ashton Harris at the the 2017 Whitney Biennial opening reception to celebrate his exhibition Once (Now) Again. Lyle Ashton Harris’s Once (Now) Again, a site-specific multimedia installation, features a three-channel video work comprised of projected images taken from Harris’s Ektachrome Archive (photographed 1986–2000) as well as three new […]

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The Language of Light

“I met writer Doug Cooper Spencer via Facebook and asked him to consider writing a piece. A few days later he sent me his essay, ‘The Language of Light’,  a meditation on the power of photo literacy and stories buried behind the images. Below Doug shares some of his photos from his hometown Lincoln Heights, […]

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DDFR Interactive Exhibition at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center

Since the first opening reception on Oct 3rd, “Turning Strangers into Family”,  Digital Diaspora Family Reunion‘s interactive exhibition has been continuing with many family photographic archives and their amazing stories. DDFR This special exhibition coincides with an interdisciplinary course that Thomas Allen Harris is teaching this semester in the Yale School of Art entitled “Strategies of […]

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Correcting the Canon: The Work of Photographer Thomas Askew

Thomas Askew was a prominent early Black photographer from Atlanta and is featured in the Emmy and Peabody nominated film Through A Lens Darkly. In a recent article in ArtsATL, the story of Thomas Askew’s life in Atlanta was shared and it shows us how he shaped the visual culture around Black people and the […]

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Hugh Bell Photo Galleries Now Available to View on GME Website

Thomas Allen Harris interviewed the photographer, Hugh Bell back in 2005 and Bell would become a part of our Emmy nominated documentary on the history of Black photographers, Through A Lens Darkly. We are excited that under the Gartenberg Media Enterprises‘ (GME) there is a commitment to resurrecting Bell’s career and legacy. “Hugh Bell was a renowned art and commercial photographer, who […]

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Black Photographers Still Matter

In a new interview featured in Ebony Magazine,  Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris talks about the importance of family photographs especially in African-American history, mentioning his Emmy nominated film Through a Lens Darkly and transmedia Digital Diaspora Family Reunion. And just as important, the article pays homage to the importance of Black Photographers in preserving that […]

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Yale Hosts DDFR-themed Exhibit: “Turning Strangers into Family”

The opening reception of Digital Diaspora Family Reunion‘s interactive exhibition was held at the Gallery at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University last Monday. This exhibition is designed to encourage people to engage with their own family photographic archives – a central focus and the mission of DDFR. Under the title of “Turning Strangers into Family“, the exhibition […]

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