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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 [...]

Elmina @ Tate Britain

Elmina is a full-length feature filmed entirely on location in Ghana, in which Doug Fishbone plays a local Ghanaian farmer fighting corruption and the exploitation of the community by a Chinese multinational corporation. Written and produced by one of Ghana’s leading production companies, with a cast of well-known Ghanaian and Nigerian actors, it is a [...]

Another RIT photographer

Kojo Kamau, who has captured local and national celebrities on film, studied at Columbus College of Art and Design, The Ohio State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a retired chief medical photography at The Ohio State University and is currently a photography instructor at Columbus State Community College. (h/t Black Art [...]

Bayeté Ross Smith’s photographs seen on The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert recently interviewed author Eugene Robinson about his new book, Disintegrated: The Splintering of Black America. During the interview they showed Robinson’s book several times, which features Smith’s images from his Our Kind of People series on the cover (beginning around the 14:50 mark). Check out the interview at

Sarah Lewis on the 2010 O magazine Power List

She beat me to it! I haven’t even gotten this issue in the mail. Thanks, Sarah! (Click on the images to enlarge the page)

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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 November 11, 2011
      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? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      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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