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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

Going back to Cali

I haven’t lived in Los Angeles since 1999, though it is my hometown, and I love it. At the time I moved I hated the traffic and the smog; I remember sitting in my car on the freeway everyday trying to get home and breaking down crying, realizing, this is my life ticking by as [...]

“Global Art Histories/ Multiple Modernities” @ CAA

I didn’t attend this year’s College Art Association conference (but next year I will because it’s in L.A. again) but I wanted to share this link to a review by William Gassaway of Leslie King-Hammond and Sarah Lewis’ panel. Congrats, ladies!
The Centennial Session on “Global Art Histories/ Multiple Modernities” (Thursday, Feb. 10, 9:30am-Noon) is undoubtedly [...]

GLC Now Accepting Applications for 2011-2012 Fellowships

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University invites applications for its 2011-2012 Fellowship Program. The Center seeks to promote a better understanding of all aspects of the institution of slavery from the earliest times to the present. We especially welcome proposals that will utilize the special collections of the Yale University Libraries [...]

Inquiry: Post-Black Power 80’s conservatism and black cultural production

I recently received this inquiry; I didn’t have an answer so I thought I’d post it here in case any readers might help this researcher:
I wondered if you may have come across anything about post-Black Power 80’s conservatism and black cultural production in the U.S. and/or U.K?  I am trying to form a sense of [...]

sepiaEYE artist news

It’s a season of renewal and transformation for sepiaEYE and our artists. Please take a look at our updated artist, news, and exhibition pages to see all that is new.

Atul Bhalla’s I was Not Waving but Drowning, a sequence of 14 photographs capturing his “act of submergence in the Yamuna River,” is currently on view [...]

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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
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    • 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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