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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

FotoKonbit print campaign

A few months back, I wrote to you about a project I co-founded called FotoKonbit, which engages and empowers Haitians to tell their own stories and document their communities through photography.  We produce and teach photography workshops in Haiti and its Diaspora, and we’re launching a print campaign to raise funds for our October workshops, [...]

Texas Southern University murals whitewashed

Texas Southern University has had a couple of important murals removed and whitewashed by the president of the university. Would like your support.
Facebook protest and awareness page:
article and those who you can contact.
Texas Southern University Paints Over Famed Murals: Speak Now
Concerned people are asked to please contact the Governor’s office to express your displeasure [...]

UPDATED: Zoe Strauss’s Gulf Coast photos and update

I’m going to be working on this project for the rest of July…
I’m heading to New Orleans Tuesday for a month’s stay; like everyone, I’ve been very aware of the further assault upon the Gulf Coast by the BP oil spill. I got this email yesterday from the fabulous Zoe Strauss, and I wanted to [...]

Tents for Artists in Haiti

(I don’t know if the link below works, but here it is:’s biggest traffic day ever

Henrietta Lacks’ ‘Immortal’ Cells
Since yesterday afternoon, this one story has generated 4 million pageviews and 3 million uniques.
To put that in perspective, the entire site received just over 8 million uniques in all of 2009.

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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 […]

  • "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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