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Loud, Proud and Painted ‘Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe,’ at Brooklyn Museum

Mickalene Thomas’s brash, exuberant paintings don’t care what you think of them; they are much too busy simply — or not so simply — being themselves. Their sense of independence is driven home by this artist’s invigorating exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, along with the realization that the museum’s populist program sometimes hits the nail […]

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Alfred Kumalo, South African photographer who illustrated the brutalities of apartheid, dies

Legendary South African photojournalist, Alfred Kumalo. Picture: Facebook Govan Whittles | one day ago Alfred Kumalo, a South African photographer whose work chronicled the brutalities of apartheid and the rise of Nelson Mandela, died of renal failure in a Johannesburg hospital on Sunday night, the ruling party said Monday. The African National Congress described Kumalo […]

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“How the Other Half Lived” Teenie Harris documents Pittsburgh

“EVERY grand city—and Pittsburgh was indeed once grand—should have a photographer like Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris (1908-1998). Many 20th-century photographers seized on Pittsburgh as a metaphor for the ravages of industry and the paradoxes of American post-war optimism and mass-production. Images of smokestacks, scruffy labourers and industrial vistas contributed to ‘the popular image of Pittsburgh as […]

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Carrie Mae Weems featured in New York Times

“When Carrie Mae Weems was first teaching photography in the late 1980s at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, she was struck by the difference in how her male and female students presented themselves in pictures. “The women were always turning away from the camera, always in profile,” said Ms. Weems, demonstrating by obscuring her face seductively […]

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Swiss-Guinean Photographer Fall Fashion Shoot

“For this installment of ‘Out of the Box,’ The Cut sent a trunk full of fall knits to Swiss photographer Namsa Leuba. Inspired in part by her Guinean mother, the photographer has spent the last two years researching and capturing African identity from an Occidental viewpoint, taking photographs that she would deem more artistically driven […]

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Reality TV Star Helps Kids “Dream Big” with Photos

“Upolu, Samoa, the South Pacific island where Sabrina Thompson fought it out as a contestant on CBS’s reality series “Survivor,” was worlds away from the classroom in Brownsville, Brooklyn where she’d previously spent five years teaching high school kids. But ultimately, Brownsville would prove to be her most significant source of inspiration.” Sabrina Thompson, ‘Survivor’ […]

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The Gordon Parks: 100 Years Exhibit @ the ICP

From May 18, 2012 to January 6, 2013, the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York is exhibiting Gordon Parks: 100 Years. From the ICP gallery website: “The window installation of three screens is viewable from outside the museum 24 hours a day for free to the public.” “To commemorate the centennial of the […]

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Remembering Roy DeCarava

On October 27, 2009, groundbreaking photographer and professor Roy DeCarava passed away, leaving behind an unparalleled legacy of achievements in Black photography. As the first African American photographer to receive a Guggenheim fellowship, DeCarava dedicated his life to capturing the people of Harlem while mentoring future generations of photographers as a professor in Hunter College. […]

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