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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

bigger isn’t always better

This weekend I FINALLY got to upload/update photographs on the site. Of course, working on my laptop at home the images seemed really small (maybe because I was working on half the screen and watching Law & Order: SVU reruns on the other) so I enlarged them. Now, looking at them on a regular desktop [...]

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I have studiously stayed out of the politics discussion this election season, being so bone-wearied of it and cynical myself, and, frankly, appalled that anyone has to beg/remind Americans to even register, let alone vote (there are ZERO excuses) but Afrobella sums it up nicely in this post:

Zoe Strauss updates

I couldn’t be more excited for this publication! I can’t think of anyone more brilliant and deserving.
America: We Love Having You Here

November 22, 2008- January 10, 2009
Opening Saturday, November 22 6PM-8PM
At Bruce Silverstein Photography
535 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

Special Guest on November 22- DJ Cosmo Baker.
Also check out Volume Attempts: The Space of [...]

The New York Times reviews Lorraine O’Grady

We are pleased to share Holland Cotter’s review of the Lorraine O’Grady exhibition at Alexander Gray Associates in today’s New York Times. We are also delighted to congratulate O’Grady on receiving a 2008 Anonymous Was A Woman grant.
Read the review
Lorraine O’Grady: Miscegenated Family Album is on view at Alexander Gray Associates through October [...]

20 Years Ago Today: Supporting Visual Artists in L.A.

Oct 4, 2008 – Jan 4, 2009
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA

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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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