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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

Homecoming Celebration Call for Artists

The Saartjie Project:
is a black women artists collective
defies and explores body politics and stereotypes
holds Saartjie (Sara) Baartman’s life as the catalyst for our work
shines humanity in the face of dehumanizing forces
is pleased to put out a CALL FOR FEMALE ARTISTS– visual & performing– to participate in a HOMECOMING benefit showcase!

To celebrate the 7th anniversary of [...]

University of Durham opportunity

Attention artists, curators, writers and students. Please see information from Durham University below. Please contact them direct.

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Durham is very pleased to offer an AHRC-funded MA studentship in Photography Studies for the academic year 2009/10 under the Block Grant Partnership scheme. The studentship is available [...]

If you’re in the East Bay tomorrow…

Carla Williams
Artist, Critic, Curator
co-author with Deborah Willis of The Black Female Body: A Photographic History

Kamau Amu Patton
Artist and Educator

“The Culture Game: Contemporary Art and Exhibition”

Wednesday, March 18
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities
220 Stephens Hall

University of California, Berkeley
Presented in conjunction with the Townsend GROUP Course AFAM 144: Black Visual Culture;
with support from the Townsend Center; [...]

In Media Res

In Media Res is dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship. Each day, a different scholar will curate a 30-second to 3-minute video clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response.

Character Project

You never know where artists will turn up…I don’t even have a TV but I was watching CSI Miami reruns at my sister’s house and saw a quick ad for USA Network’s Character Project, and who did I spy but Dawoud Bey in the mix:

keep looking »
  • 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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