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The Story of Senegalese Visionary Mama Casset | The Culture Trip

During West Africa’s prolific era of portrait photography in the 1900s, Mama Casset emerged as one of Senegal’s pioneering figures. When portrait photography first started to emerge from French West Africa in the early 1900s, it was almost exclusively Europeans who operated the cameras. Native subjects were prized for their exotic settings, unusual traditions and ‘primitive’ (often impoverished) material living conditions. The approach by French photographers may not have been consciously patronising or voyeuristic, but Western audiences, both in the colonies and back home, frequently enjoyed these snapshots of curious sub-Saharan culture from a silent position of assumed superiority. The […]

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Christine Chambers, 39, Dies; Her Photos Empowered Actors of Color | The New York Times

As a photographer and a playwright, she helped document the rise of a generation of theater artists who wanted to tell their own stories their own way. Christine Chambers, a photographer whose pictures of actors of color helped document the rise of a newly energized black theater movement that emerged in New York a decade ago, died on Dec. 4 in Manhattan. She was 39. Her sister, Essie Jane Chambers, said she died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital from complications of a lung infection. She had also had lupus, a chronic disease of the immune system, since she was 12. In addition […]

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Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates the photographic triumph of Gordon Parks | Cleveland.com

Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com One of the 13 murals that make up “The Life of Washington,” at George Washington High School in San Francisco. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times, Featured Image , Ohio – Gordon Parks made it look easy. As director of the Shaft detective movies in the 1970s, and as a composer, author, winner of the National Medal of Arts and more than 50 honorary doctorates, Parks (1912-2006) was a leading black cultural figure who left a sizable imprint on 20th century America. But the core of his accomplishment rests on his work as a […]

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Dawoud Bey: 40 Years of Photos Affirming the ‘Lives of Ordinary Black People’ | The New York Times A new retrospective book “Seeing Deeply” reveals his decades-long exploration of community, memory and photography.

A new retrospective book “Seeing Deeply” reveals his decades-long exploration of community, memory and photography.

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