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Partnering with the New Orleans Film Society for the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival

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SCREENING: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photography and the Emergence of A People

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is  sponsoring a screening of Thomas Allen Harris’s: Through the Lens Darkly, which explores the history of black photography and representation, and how contemporary artists use this material as inspiration in their visual storytelling. 
The film assembles a community of photographers and artists—including Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and Glenn Ligon, to name a few—who together shake up the familiar foundations of the images that have shaped the popular culture’s view of what “blackness” is and who “black people” are. The film was inspired by photo-historian Deborah Willis’ ground-breaking publication, Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present.
Director Thomas Allen Harris will be on hand for a brief Q&A after the screening.
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA

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Photo courtesy: Frances Dixon

The companion transmedia project to  Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion and World1Family social media campaign, engages audiences to discover connections between their own family archives and the film’s historical narrative, thus creating new communal linkages that underlie our common humanity.

This free family-friendly event features live interactions with the audience, where people share their stories and family photographs, on cellphones or as actual photos, projected on a large screen. Participants are encouraged to critically rethink how they read and interpret the welter of images they encounter, while also highlighting the significance of their own family photographs as historical artifacts in the making.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their family photographs.
Sponsored by New Orleans Photo Alliance
In partnership with the New Orleans Public Library African American Resource Center, Junebug Productions, and the Community Book Center

Sunday, October 19 | 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA