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Save the Date: 30 Americans at the Corcoran Gallery

This fall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design will open 30 Americans, a wide-ranging survey exhibition of works by many of the most important African-American contemporary artists of the last three decades.  By bringing seminal artistic figures together with younger and emerging artists, the exhibition explores artistic influence across generations and sheds light [...]

Black Again? What does that mean?

I’m quite familiar with Levinthal’s project and publication Blackface. This seems like a really curious choice of title for this latest exhibition. What does it mean beyond the fact that the artist is trying to breathe new life into a project that didn’t garner the accolades he thought they deserved the first time around? That [...]

How Africans Want to Be Seen

This seems an especially important and timely exhibition given the increasingly contentious presence of Chinese business in Africa.
A new exhibit at Li-Space in Beijing’s Caochangdi district aims to refashion the traditional visual impression of Africa – that of famine, war and poverty – through images that show a continent of culture, hope, imagination and dreams.
“Africa: See [...]

  • 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 […]


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