SNEAK PREVIEW: Through A Lens Darkly

Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People is a two-hour film that will explore the role of photography, since its rudimentary beginnings in the 1840s, in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present.

Through A Lens Darkly Trailer

Award winning filmmaker, journalist, artist, and activist, Thomas Allen Harris, is currently in production with his fourth feature-length documentary, “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.” Co-produced by noted scholar, curator, and author, Dr. Deborah Willis, “Through A Lens Darkly,” is the first documentary and multimedia outreach project that explores how African American communities have used the medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic, and cultural representations of themselves and their world.

The “Through A Lens Darkly” project is part of a new generation of interactive media that expands the boundaries of participatory filmmaking by using both traditional documentary and multimedia platforms to engage television and internet audiences in new, creative, and transformative ways.

15 Responses to SNEAK PREVIEW: Through A Lens Darkly

  1. Brenda Simmons September 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    What a powerful “Sneak Preview” I want MOOOOORE!!!! As a curator, poet, and a lover of the arts, not only does this speak to me personally I KNOW this needs to be SEEN in schools, communities, and in the living rooms of ALL. Let the dialogue/healing begin.

  2. Patricia Brady April 27, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I hope you've mentioned Florestine Perrault Collins, the Creole photographer of New Orleans. Arthe Anthony has a new book out about her with terrific examples of Creole self-presentation in the Jim Crow world of the early 20th c. And Hi to Deborah Willis.  We were in contact years ago about Jules Lion.  Great work, everybody!

  3. GMARIEDORSEY December 20, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    love this…need and want to see more.  I am an aspiring black photographer.

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