Friday, April 24, 2015,
Room 1, Olin Science Center

The screening of the award-winning film Through a Lens Darkly: Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014), will be followed by a discussion with director/producer Thomas Allen Harris.

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, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost. Bringing to light hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African-American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences, and perspectives of black families that are absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

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

This screening is one of the highlights of Colby’s Photography and Migration Conference. For more information on the conference or to register, visit the conference website. Registration is free.


Public event