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A Life Exposed
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you know, i really think this speaks for itself

talk amongst yourselves

Is this creepy or hilariously dead-on? I can’t really decide, and usually I think this artist, 14, is very funny. And the celebrity-colored-child-adoption stuff is annoying. But does it take on a different meaning in the context of Lil’ Kim’s portrait by David LaChapelle (a.k.a. the nouveau Jean-Paul Goude, a moniker of which he’d no [...]

a reminder of how it is in this great land of freedom

A lawyer posted this to a listserv I’m on:
[...]Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination by covered employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.[...] But, sexual orientation discrimination is absent from Title VII’s list of bases upon which an employer cannot discriminate. This means that people [...]


Caran Hartsfield, Tomoko Kana, Lucia Cedron, and Dagur Kari at the Sundance/NHK awards ceremony on Thursday in Park City. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

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  • 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 February 15, 2012
      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? February 15, 2012
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine February 15, 2012
      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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