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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

Varnette P. Honeywood, 1950-2010

Lucy, 1997-2010

My heart is absolutely broken.
When I moved to Rochester last summer, my dog Lucy, who had been my partner’s dog since she was found as a puppy, moved with me. Though I’d always heard of people who considered their pets their best friends, I never thought of myself as one, yet she saved my life. [...]

Charles Moore, Civil Rights-Era Photographer, Dies at 79

Mr. Moore braved physical peril to capture searing images that many credit with helping to propel landmark civil rights legislation.
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Collector Paul R. Jones 1928 – 2010

There isn’t a published obituary yet. For information about Jones’ collection, go to
Updated: Photographer Sheila Bright has uploaded portraits she made of Jones here:

Avery Clayton dies at 62; carried on mother’s work through African American library-museum

The collection assembled by the retired art teacher’s mother is a treasure trove of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, feature films and other African American artifacts.
To read the obituary go to,0,7976018.story

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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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