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Through A Lens Darkly
Film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Feb 18, 2022
  • 10AM
Running Time: 90min Free
Directed By Thomas Allen Harris | 2014

This documentary explores the role of photography in shaping the identity and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, featuring work by professional and vernacular Black photographers.

Inspired by Reflections in Black (2000), the groundbreaking book by Deborah Willis, Through a Lens Darkly is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. Bringing to light hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into Black lives and perspectives, showing a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture than the historical canon reveals. Featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, and many others.

This event is for senior citizens 65 and older and is not open to the general public. To reserve movie tickets please contact Community Affairs at 718.636.4122 or