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Polaroid Photographer

Photographer Louis Mendes.  View a slideshow of his work here: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/01/03/nyregion/20100103polaroid_index.html with a sweet accompanying article by David Gonzalez. (thanks, Deb!)

Dress Code review in NYT

One of the shows I saw last weekend in NYC was “Dress Codes,” ICP’s triennial exhibition, which includes work by Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Stan Douglas, Grace Ndiritu, Wangechi Mutu, Kalup Linzy, and Lorna Simpson. It just opened and is open through January 2010. There’s a catalog and fantastic gin & tonic glasses with [...]

LaToya Ruby Frazier NYT review

Go Mickalene!

I love her work. Check out this profile in the New York Times today (thanks, Deb!) And who knew she’s a lesbian?! But I’m going to be honest, though—I wanted to watch the multimedia presentation but I couldn’t get past the first few seconds of that dry, droning reporter’s voice, and when she said “important [...]

Did any New Yorkers see this?

Published on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by The Guardian/UK
Pranksters Distribute Fake New York Times Declaring ‘Iraq War Over’

The Yes Men identified as the team behind the joke pages
by Ed Pilkington

The US defence department yesterday declared the end of the Iraq war and the immediate withdrawal of all troops, prompting an admission from Condoleezza Rice [...]

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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
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    • 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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