carlagirl photo.

practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

as I’ve just come from N.O., one of my favorites cities anywhere

A new report in The Nation[1] documents what many have claimed for years–for some Black New Orleanians the threat of being killed by White vigilantes in Katrina’s aftermath became a bigger threat than the storm itself.
After the storm, White vigilantes roamed Algiers Point shooting and, according to their own accounts, killing Black men at will–with [...]


How does a New York native become woven into the fabric of New Orleans?
How does a medical student become a sought-after painter?
How does catastrophe give birth to art?
The answers lie in the work of Skylar Fein, an emerging artist whose career has exploded in the last year and is expected to flower this fall for [...]



(from Laylah Amatullah Barrayn)
Last night the ultra-fabulous KAMOINGE, Inc., opened their show, ‘Revealing the Face of Katrina’ at the HP Gallery at Calumet Photo.
Follow the link below for just a taste of the festivities:

Above: Wall of Radcliffe Roye’s work

questions to ponder

A friend sent the E-mail below last week regarding a recent staging in New Orleans of Waiting For Godot; she raises some important, seemingly perpetual questions, and I have not yet responded to her.
Last night I went to see the last performance at the Brava Theater in San Francisco of
STARDUST and EMPTY WAGONSStories from 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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