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

Fri, Feb 19, 6:30 – 9 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater 
Directed by Thomas Allen Harris (2014; 90 min.) | Inspired by the book Reflections in Black (2000) by Deborah Willis, this history of African American photography explores how the camera can be a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. A community of photographers and artists including Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, and Lyle Ashton Harris poetically reconcile legacies of pride with long suppressed images. 
Director Thomas Allen Harris, Co-Writer/Co-Producer Don Perry, and Assistant Professor in VCU Photography and Film Department Paul Thulin will be present to introduce the film and for a post-film discussion and Q&A. 
$8 (VMFA members $5)