Screening of "Through a Lens Darkly" with Director Thomas Allen Harris

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Screening of "Through a Lens Darkly" with Director Thomas Allen Harris

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 2 p.m.

We are excited to have filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris with us as we screen his NAACP Image Award winning documentary, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. The film brings to light previously hidden and largely unknown images by both professional and vernacular African American photographers which add to our understanding of history by providing a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of Black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon.

Following the screening, Harris, founder of the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, will speak about the importance of personal archiving and his involvement in the community engagement project the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow, which collected 6000 images from personal family archives across the USA. Please bring a photo of your family member in person or on your phone to share!

The discussion will also be livestreamed here.

In conjunction with this keynote event, The Labs at DCPL is launching the Memory Lab, a DIY personal archiving space in the Digital Commons where you can digitize home movies, scan photographs and slides, and learn how to take care of your family heirlooms. Tours of the lab will happen every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. outside of the Digital Commons.