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Through a Lens Darkly

Funded by: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rockefeller Foundation New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, Nathan Cummings Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, National Black Programming Consortium

This new documentary film from filmmaker, journalist, and activist Thomas Allen Harris, which is based on Deborah Willis’ book Reflections in Black, focuses on the history of African-American photography, from early vintage daguerreotypes through to the present.

Harris narrates the film, which intersperses interviews with legendary African-American photographers with thousands of images from those photographers and their contemporaries that challenge stereotypical depictions of blacks in America. At the 2014 Media Impact forum, Allen said the game was inspired by his photographer parents, who exposed him to “very different images at home than he saw in the media” of the black experience in America. To find out more, visit the film’s website.