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through a lens darkly

THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Directed by: Thomas Allen Harris

Runtime: 92 min

Year: 2014

Country: USA

Rated: Not Rated

Language: English

Film Type: Documentary

Post-film discussion with Thomas Allen Harris,director of Through a Lens Darkly, host and Executive Producer of the PBS series Family Pictures USA and senior lecturer in African American Studies and Film & Media Studies at Yale University; Erika George, director of U of U's Tanner Humanities Center; and Samuel D. Thurman, Professor of Law at SJ Quinney College of Law

The first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human.

Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black and featuring works by Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Lyle Ashton Harris, and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a community of storytellers who collectively transform singular experiences into a journey of discovery—and a call to action.



This event is presented in conjunction with Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, now showing at the UMFA. The UMFA is proud to present Through a Lens Darkly in partnership with Tanner Humanities and the Utah Film Center.

Thursday, March 11 @ 7:00 PM

Live Stream


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