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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.
A fascinating, visually stunning, emotionally devastating documentary by Thomas Allen Harris.
This is sound-bite cinema, revealing at times, but also frustratingly basic stuff.
With the thousand words vividly painted through each picture, we connect, identify and find solidarity.
Harris indulges in too many personal memoir detours and overdoes the talking heads, but much of the imagery on display is extraordinary.
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.
Thomas Allen Harris' lush, lovely, loving Through a Lens Darkly chronicles the role of photography in a 170-year history of the lives of black Americans. A teeming abundance of stirring and often brilliant imagery by African-American artists.
Provocative and mildly engaging. It could have used a better organization of its wealth of facts.
It's all way too much, for in his desire to be comprehensive, Harris plumb forgets that less would have been more.
Perhaps too ambitious in scope, a few truly powerful sequences still manage to elevate this historical overview of African-American photography above its uneven style.
Director Thomas Allen Harris has made an earnest, though often sloppy, documentary on the essential role imagery plays in shaping the narrative of a people.
Thomas Allen Harris's documentary consistently takes agency away from the art itself with a litany of talking heads.
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