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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

going around and coming around

Great news—my girl Kelly found a job, my girl Zoe has been chosen to represent in the Whitney Biennial, I started making photographs in earnest again, and I get to work only 4 miles from my house—no more driving (though I will miss the compellingly terrible Andrea Lewis and the sublimely crazy Dennis Bernstein)! They [...]

you know your job is, um, slow when…

…getting a cup of tea constitutes something exciting to do. Walk to the kitchen, select the bag, place in glass, pour hot water, walk back, sip…

positive energy

My dear friends’ infant son is having open heart surgery tomorrow, and they sent this plea out to their friends, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask a few more folks:
Tomorrow (8 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST)…Whatever it is that you do that feeds your spirit—meditate, chant,pray, run, ride, walk, work, climb, cook, garden, [...]

this is when i love art (and this is when I don’t)

Check out Bill Fisher and Richard Lou’s “Missing Stereotypes” project about runaway race-baiter Jennifer Wilbanks @ It’s smart work that was censored courtesy of friends of the Wilbanks family. A comment on their site excerpted from a letter to the Gainseville Times:
I guess racism, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
Wow. Yeah, [...]

  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 9, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? November 9, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 9, 2011
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

  • "Dedicated to the real photographers of the world—to those who, with their second-hand equipment and their makeshift darkrooms, are today fighting their solitary battles with their recalcitrant medium, not for money or for glory, but because they would rather make pictures than anything else in the world." - William Mortensen
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