Rethinking the Archive of Black Visual Culture with Deborah Willis


Mr. SOUL! – a discussion about the first Black “tonight show” hosted by the late activist Ellis Haizlip. The conversation, sponsored by The Institute of African American Affairs + Center for Black Visual Culture, will be led by filmmakers Melissa Haizlip and Sam Pollard on December 13th. (all images courtesy NYU Center for Black Visual Culture)

Deborah Willis, a curator, photographer, and academic, has established herself as a leading scholar of photography and Black studies. Having authored the book Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present (among other prolific essays) and co-producing the documentary Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a Peopleshe is known internationally as an expert and advocate of Black photographic…

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