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

Inspired by noted curator Deborah Willis’groundbreaking photography book, Reflections in Black, gay artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris reaches back in time to 1840 to explore how African-American identity became shaped by this medium. The film features largely unseen footage of undisputed masters that include prolific Harlem Renaissance photographer, James Van Der Zee, and LIFE photographer extraordinaire, Gordon Parks, while highlighting the works of LGBT artists of colour, such as Lyle Ashton Harris, Glenn Ligon, Lola Flash, Michael Chambers and Carla Williams. Harris imbues a mesmerizing display of black-and-white imagery with lyrical narration. Through a Lens Darkly is an engrossing portrait of artists and their art that puts today’s selfie-obsessed culture to shame.

Canadian Premiere

Co-presented by the INSIDEOUT 24th Annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival