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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 132–141.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Jasmine Nichole Cobb In this interview, artist and scholar Deborah Willis describes the work of excavating and organizing the history of Black photography. Willis’s groundbreaking scholarship helped to formally establish an archive of Black visual practice before libraries and cultural institutions...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 67–107.
Published: 01 May 2009
... trademark, the present essay argues that anxieties about the media exposure and commodification of white women that saturated the legal texts of media privacy were correlative to the spectacular forms of exposure and commodification of black subjects routine in the era's commercial print culture...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 1–41.
Published: 01 May 2004
... also happen to be black.8 As Allan Sekula has argued in “The Body and the Archive,” photography played a crucial role in developing effective systems of criminal identification.9 Mug shots not only offered evidence for those trying to determine criminal types through the “sci- ences...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (1 (61)): 71–103.
Published: 01 May 2006
... on Emancipation. The images reassured white viewers that “the postbellum United States, despite its millions of black inhabitants, would remain a white nation” (Mitchell, “Rosebloom,” 399). 28. Allan Sekula, “The Body and the Archive,” October 39 (1986): 10. 29. Marien, Photography...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 1–43.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Alessandra Raengo This essay pursues an understanding of the blackness of black cinema that is unhinged from the body of the maker or the content of the image. It does so by reading blackness through the visual paradigm of the shadow — that is, as a blackness that cannot, other than ideologically...
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Camera Obscura (1985) 5 (1-2 (13-14)): 112–147.
Published: 01 September 1985
... of Burleson, Texas; a young lesbian New Music composer who supports herself as a computer technician; and a fortyish waitress in an exclusive §an Francisco women’s club-talk about their lives and their work. As we listen to their self-narratives, the black and white slides...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (3 (111)): 1–29.
Published: 01 December 2022
... and Erasing Slavery: Media and the Construction of Blackness in Iran, 1830–1960” (PhD diss., University of Pennsylvania, 2018), and Staci Gem Scheiwiller's Liminalities of Gender and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Iranian Photography (London: Routledge, 2017). 34. Sigal, Tortorici, and Whitehead...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 129–155.
Published: 01 May 2003
... of a sewing machine and an umbrella.”16 The cou- pled realities that these black-and-white films expose reflect how cinema can be the site for subjective private moments that spill over into the boundaries of the oneiric and the subjective. The Quick and the Dead • 137...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 187–201.
Published: 01 May 2016
... company was engaged in the mass production of mug shots used in the identity papers for the black population in South Africa. The Polaroid workers’ strike in the US in response to the implication of Polaroid in the apartheid regime, as well as a series of other projects in which collaboration...
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Camera Obscura (1979) 1-2 (3-1 (3-4)): 194–197.
Published: 01 May 1979
... instructions about how to pose. Photographic space and filmic space are superimposed as we see the subjects freeze in position, become aware of the quick blackness of the shutter mechanism and hear a click. The voice of the unseen photographer speaks to the models, giving them...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (3 (27)): 148–165.
Published: 01 September 1991
... and elegant book with high-quality black and white reproductions - as “a chronicle of photographic discourse of the 1980s” (xix). Solo- mon-Godeau’s claim is not inflated, for not only has she been influential in the post-1970 establishment of a critical discourse of photography history...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (1 (106)): 187–213.
Published: 01 May 2021
.... It proposes a radically different viewing experience than a projection of moving images in a movie theater or a black box. The defining elements of cinema are present but rethought and reworked. We are not sitting immobile in the dark in front of a single bright screen, and we are not watching the same movie...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 177–189.
Published: 01 September 2013
... and artists that are women, that are black, that are poor, that live in countries that don’t have the kind of art market that we have here. It felt so amazing to just go in and imagine this person. Fae Richards is a star. This work started out as material for Cheryl’s film Watermelon Woman...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 77–107.
Published: 01 September 2013
... filmmakers suffer from double anonymity — being black and being women in a male-­oriented industry — Billops’s antiessentialist and counterhegemonic discourse of black female subjectivity is a subversive, rarely seen act. 12. Valerie Smith, “Photography, Narrative...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 264.
Published: 01 May 1994
... and Imagination by Annette Kuhn. Verso, 1995. $17.95. Another Frank Capra by Leland Poague. Cambridge University Press, 1995. $54.95. Black Women as Cultural Readers by Jacqueline Bobo. Columbia University Press, 1995. $16.50. ...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 109–133.
Published: 01 May 2009
... fingerprinting was first adopted as a technology by the New York Police Department in 1922, its use gave rise to practices of racial categorization that hewed closely to traditional styles of skin color – based racism — fingerprint records were put into “black,” “white,” and “yellow” files. Rather than...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): iv–29.
Published: 01 December 2020
... unfoldings, white lines running across the black robes of the young woman as the frame glints in the daylight. A banner is held aloft behind her by an unknown hand; the word on it reads, Figure 5. Sheba Chhachhi, Satyarani, Anti- Dowry Demonstration, Delhi, 1981. Gelatin silver print, 20 × 30 in. Courtesy...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 66–83.
Published: 01 September 1995
...- tively simple divisions by articulating the stakes invested in the images. In developing my own photography and installation projects, I have tried to explore the importance of images of Black Americans by interrogating the meaning that these images make. A similar process inflects...
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Camera Obscura (1979) 1-2 (3-1 (3-4)): 219–224.
Published: 01 May 1979
... Silberman. See also On Film no. 9 (Winter 1978-79) for a dossier on Valie Export, including a short interview and filmography. All Around Reduced Personality (Helke Sander) (1977,98 min., Black and White, 35 mm) Edda Chiemnyjewski is an independent newspaper...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (1 (106)): 61–85.
Published: 01 May 2021
... of painting primarily in black throughout his career during the fourth episode of her five-part miniseries, Agnès de ci de là Varda ( Agnès Varda: From Here to There , France, 2011). “A beached whale. Angry at the state of the world,” Varda's voice-over explains approximately fifteen minutes...
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