Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Through A Lens Darkly

The history of African-American photography is examined in this shocking and powerful documentary. Featuring haunting images of slavery, lynchings, and brutality throughout history, the film expertly juxtaposes those photographs with modern photographs brilliantly illustrating male sports figures as commodity. Through photographs of Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass pioneering the cause of abolitionism, the elegant and dapper photos taken by Van Der Zee during the Harlem Renaissance, and the work of Gordon Parks during the Civil Rights Era, the history of black photography is vividly detailed in this beautiful and educational film. Through A Lens Darkly is shocking, powerful, and ultimately inspiring.

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