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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

UPDATED: Bayete Ross Smith solo show opens in Birmingham

Here’s a review of the show:

I just wanted to send out another invitation to my new solo exhibition opening Friday Sept. 10th in Birmingham, AL.
If you are in the area or have friends or colleagues in the area please stop by. I will be in Birmingham for the next week for activities related to [...]

Bayeté Ross Smith: Passing

Bayeté Ross Smith: Passing
January 28th – March 5th
25 Broadway, Seventh Floor
Opening: Thursday, January 28th, 6:00 until 9:00
PowerHouse Projects and the City College Center for Worker Education are pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition for photographer Bayeté Ross Smith.
In Mr. Ross Smith’s show, the artist takes the historic African-American cultural practice of the [...]

Double Exposure in Daytona Beach

Double Exposure
African Americans Before and Behind the Camera
January 23 – May 30, 2010
“The visual dialogue created by this exhibition links past, present, and future generations of African American artists. This dialogue seeks to help viewers explore the universal nature of memory and photographic representation in relation to their own personal histories.” – Lisa Henry
Saturday January [...]

Posing Beauty @ NYU

**Media are invited to the opening reception and book signing on October 8, 2009 from 6-8 p.m.**
NYU Photography & Imaging Department Announces The Opening of
Posing Beauty
Exhibition Dates: September 1st, 2009 through October 18th, 2009
The exhibition will be on view in the Gulf + Western Gallery and in the 8th floor gallery of the [...]

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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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