A rich and lyrical tapestry that is both personal and epic in scope, Thomas Allen Harris’s extraordinary documentary is a unique examination of how black photographers—and their subjects—have used the camera as a tool for social change from the time photography was invented to the present.
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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a PeopleDirected byThomas Allen Harris
Saw this at the Detroit Film Theatre. Missed the first few minutes so I'm not sure if the narrator offered any kind of overarching premise or thesis. Without one, the film felt a little hodgepodge, and the narrator's personal/familial introspection came across as quixotic. By and large though, the images were haunting, evocative, and enlightening, and the talking heads were insightful. An important film.