Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

2014

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

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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. (c) Official Site

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  • This ambitious and heartbreaking documentary tackles no less mammoth a subject than the African-American identity as it exists in photographic imagery.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating, visually stunning, emotionally devastating documentary by Thomas Allen Harris.

    Dec 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is sound-bite cinema, revealing at times, but also frustratingly basic stuff.

    Nov 20, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • With the thousand words vividly painted through each picture, we connect, identify and find solidarity.

    Nov 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Harris indulges in too many personal memoir detours and overdoes the talking heads, but much of the imagery on display is extraordinary.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Though a tad uneven, as a whole the documentary cannily juggles an overview of African-American history in general with the specifics of its photographic representation and talents.

    Aug 28, 2014 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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