by Thomas Allen Haris

Thursday, Sept 18, 7pm – Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

(92 min, USA, 2014)

Closed-captioned in English

Thomas Allen Harris’s poetic and deeply personal documentary examines how black photographers—both professional and amateur—have used the camera as a tool for social change from photography’s invention to the present. Highlighting the significance of the family album to black visual culture, Harris confronts the way images of blackness have affected his own family and sense of self-worth as an African American. Drawing on the voices and work of many black photographers and scholars, including Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson and Deborah Willis, Through a Lens Darkly offers an illuminating and deeply moving engagement with an archive of images largely absent from traditional histories of the American nation.

Introduction and Q&A with co-director Thomas Allen Harris.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.

This event is made possible in part by public funds from NYSCA’s Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant Program (administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes).


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