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The conclusion looks to the photography of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and Ingrid Pollard in order to imagine the possibilities of retrieval located in self-portraiture photography. The conclusion reads, in these self-portraits, a measure of the articulation of refusal (with the figure’s back turned away from the center of the photographic frame) that has the power to conceal as well as reveal. In this space the figure in the photograph provides a measure of mystery that offers the viewer alternative ways of engendering black womanhood within the promise of full humanity.

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