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William H. Johnson painting to be auctioned

(I received an email from the auction house regarding the recent discovery in Ohio of this William H. Johnson painting. I love this kind of unexpected thing, a painting that turns up out of nowhere—collectors [and budding Peggy Cooper Cafritzes], get your checkbooks!).

Announcing a rare opportunity to own an original William H. Johnson painting

Auction [...]

positions available

Currently, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture has positions available. See descriptions below and send inquiries and requested materials to:
or mail to:
Attn: Human Resources
MAAMC, 830 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Please forward as appropriate to interested parties.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History [...]

kinda fascinating…kinda why?

Mona Lisa ’speaks’

By Toshi MaedaWed May 31, 10:01 AM ET
Suzuki’s work has made contributions to criminal investigations — in one case after he successfully aged a person’s voice by a decade. A recording of the voice was broadcast on television, leading to the apprehension of a suspect.
The team also attempted to recreate Leonardo’s own [...]

viva la revolucion!

A couple months ago Deirdre came home from a lecture by Chris Gilbert as excited as I’d seen her in a long time. He spoke about the possibilities of art functioning as something truly revolutionary, not something concerned with aesthetics and its own history, but something that has the potential to work for real political [...]

more evidence that san francisco is not the bastion of progressiveness we all like to think it is


This weekend was the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, where folks do a footrace while dressing up and doing some outdoor partying.
Apparently some guys thought this was a great opportunity to dress up like Duke lacrosse players and chant “No means yes!” I wish I was joking. I can’t even fathom [...]

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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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