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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 (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 65–93.
Published: 01 May 2011
... current culture of celebrity reality television so vividly elu- The Black Visual Experience  •  73 cidates, Jimi Hendrix: The Sex Tape is about watching a real black man having sex. That is, the politics of authentication in the tape reveal not just a concern...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 84–117.
Published: 01 September 1995
... Theorizing Black Feminisms.ls Ghanaian poet and professor Busia’s essay is a short introspection on herself as a visual object, as well as a performer who creates spectacle. This first class discussion is designed to allow students to begin ex- ploring their own possibly unexamined positions...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 135–175.
Published: 01 May 2009
...- lenges to the understanding of visual culture affect political proj- ects that seek to reconstruct sexuality, gender, and race. Sexually Selective Cognition and Visual Pleasure To clarify how Chiang’s story does not simply reproduce reductive sociobiological assumptions but also critically...
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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 (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 49–65.
Published: 01 September 1995
... Americans pictured on this series though, such access is nonexistent. Battle must act as their go-between. Because so much in popular culture presents white and Black worlds as totally separate (and other races and ethnicities as absent), Sweet Justice does perform a somewhat unique visual...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (1 (37)): 187–237.
Published: 01 January 1996
... Pathology: Ste- reotypes ofSexuality, Race and Madness also represents a compelling, influential trove of expository findings-the chapters "The Hottentot and the Prostitute: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality" and "Black Sexuality and Modern Consciousness" especially figured in the development...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 77–111.
Published: 01 May 2004
...Jessica Brent The Lodger (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1926) Beyond the Gaze: Visual Fascination and the Feminine Image in Silent Hitchcock Jessica Brent Are not the traits which I indicated (the make-up, the whiteness, the wig, etc.) just like the blunting of a meaning too clear...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 67–107.
Published: 01 May 2009
... slavery’s visual regimes, as Spillers observes, the spectacularization of black embodiment 80  •  Camera Obscura becomes lodged in the American cultural consciousness, such that this zero degree of exteriority — Spillers’s term is “flesh” — is a veritable codex for productions of difference, for...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Katherine Fusco Using recent work from philosophy, film studies, and economics, this article analyzes two instances of star discourse — Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience — to identify an emerging trend in contemporary cinema. I argue that these...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of representing our lives in the American context is to acknowledge and negotiate the impos- sible evidence of our abiding existence. Black visual culture must exceed the limitations of realism in order to speak about black realities. Film is a significant site wherein black people address the...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 88–115.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Erin Greer The episode “Nosedive” from the Netflix series Black Mirror (dir. Joe Wright, Netflix, UK, 2016) provides a dystopian version of a popular narrative about digital culture, according to which the ascent of social media marks the “feminization of the Internet,” its transformation from an...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (2 (44)): 105–149.
Published: 01 September 2000
.... Shrouded in the traditional black veil and robe, the wizened woman insists that her family uphold the 04-Fenner 104-149=46pgs 1/25/01 1:46 PM Page 114 114 • Camera Obscura ancient Turkish tradition according to which a guest seeking shel- ter...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (2 (56)): 1–45.
Published: 01 September 2004
... moment. The handsome aristocratic figure that dominates the canvas captivates and unsettles. There is a pleasing depth and sensuality to the predominately monochromatic composition. The rich, textured blackness of the subject’s hat, hair, and jacket, offset by the brilliance of the white winged collar...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (1 (37)): 155–186.
Published: 01 January 1996
....' Reading them, I am reminded of Terry Eagleton's polemic against the homogenizing impulses of certain strands of deconstructionism: "In the deep night of metaphysics, all cats look black But since modernity refers to very particular historical con- tingencies even more than metaphysical conundra, we...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 109–137.
Published: 01 May 2020
... visually available) imposes an interesting epistemic frame, but one that is also ontologically presumptuous. Indeed, at the end of the film Ayesha s death is confirmed through the slightest sighting of her white ear, scanned in the midst of all the rubble and black/brown/Muslim flesh. What Eye does in...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 12–31.
Published: 01 September 1995
... Black women.3 Because we live in a culture where visual images affect our relations as human beings, the choices Black women make about hairstyle or body appearance often mean the difference between acceptance or rejection by groups and individuals. Our choices also shape and affect how we feel...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 8–41.
Published: 01 May 1990
... specific address to a black audience on the part of the theater; the presence of live entertainment rooted in African-American culture; and race as a factor affecting access to mass entertainment. Exhibition venues such as the Pekin not only demonstrate that blacks owned and patronized...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 15 (3 (45)): 227–265.
Published: 01 December 2001
...-White.sh 226-265=40pg 4/18/01 4:05 PM Page 226 Mercedes de Acosta (1934). Courtesy of the Rosenbach Museum & Library. 07-White.sh 226-265=40pg 4/18/01 4:05 PM Page 227 Black and White: Mercedes de Acosta’s...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2017
... the civil unrest of the early 1960s.15 Questions of col- lectivity in The House Is Black thus relate to themes in Farrokhzad’s poetry as well as to broader political and intellectual debates in 1960s Iran. Two aspects of Iranian culture in the 1960s and 1970s are crucial for...