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Strong Black Lens

  • What happens to a dream that isn’t deferred? Strong Black Lens, a six-episode digital series, focuses on the importance of telling our own stories, shaping our own narratives and creating our own legacies… through our own lens.
  • Featuring phenomenal photographers and image-makers of our time, Strong Black Lens is a spotlight on the storytelling power of the still image.
  • Brings more than a dozen Black photographers, cinematographers and other creatives together, including Kwaku Alston, Devin Allen, Dana Scruggs, Karl Ferguson, Jr., Tolani Alli, Erik Carter and Jamel Shabazz, to discuss the past, present and future of Black photography and some of their most iconic images.
  • ‘Strong Black Lens’ Elevates Black Photographers – Kara Barnett of Netflix’s Strong Black Lead discusses the legacy of storytelling through imagery.

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

  • A film by Thomas Allen Harris
  • Explores the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human.
  • Independent Lens: The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.
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ICON – Music Through the Lens

  • A six-part series taking viewers on a fascinating journey through the history and cultural impact of music photography.
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Everybody Street

  • Everybody Street, directed by Cheryl Dunn (“102 Minutes that Changed America”), highlights the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers, including Bruce Davidson, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell and Jamel Shabazz — and the unparalleled city that has inspired them for decades. This beautifully shot documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the instinctive rush, singular perseverance and the immediate danger customary to these artists.
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Wrong Side of the Lens

Wrong Side of the Lens is a documentary series exploring the lives of street photographers. Here, we get a rare chance to turn the camera on those not used to it and gain insight on why some are this obsession with taking images of complete strangers. They come from a variety of backgrounds yet are drawn to this same calling; street photo. This is a relatively new and, often misunderstood art form, which leaves ample room for these hard working artists to push boundaries. This series captures many of these moments.

Finding Vivian Maier

Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

  • Vivian Maier – The mission of the Maloof Collection is to promote the work of Vivian Maier, and to safeguard the archive for the benefit of future generations.
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