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Through A Lens Darkly

Documentary and Multimedia Outreach Project

Award winning filmmaker, journalist, artist, and activist, Thomas Allen Harris, is currently in production with his fourth feature-length documentary, “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.”  Co-produced by noted scholar, curator, and author, Dr. Deborah Willis, “Through A Lens Darkly,” is the first documentary and multimedia outreach project that explores how African American communities have used the medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic, and cultural representations of themselves and their world.

The “Through A Lens Darkly” project is part of a new generation of interactive media that expands the boundaries of participatory filmmaking by using both traditional documentary and multimedia platforms to engage television and internet audiences in new, creative, and transformative ways.


  1. Please bring this documentary to Ontario, Canada!!!

  2. Tell me how to send you one of my photographs.
    Thank You

  3. A powerful and mesmerizing document in progress full of spirit and pride. I hope this film, once finished will get all the exposure and attention it deserves.

  4. What’s your next project? A blacks-only baseball team?

    By making your photo project “blacks-only” , you inadvertantly are taking a step BACKWARDS, segregating yourself, and making blacks seem even more different than other humans. Is that really what you wanted?

    Why exclude other races? Is that what MLK would have done?

  5. Hi Thomas!!! Please, I need talk to you!!!

  6. Amazing, amazing work. As a cartoonist, I understand the importance of images. Thomas, you rock!!! I got so much inspiration from those six minutes of footage that I had to stop it midway and rush to the drawing board. I’m looking forward to its completion.

    • PeggyDammondPreacely
    • Posted November 10, 2009 at 1:57 pm
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    what a wonderful experience. Thank you for capturing us so beautifully and meaningfully. Such a treasure.I look forward to learning more from a dear friend Dr. Doris Derby.

  7. I can’t wait to read more about this project in American Heritage Magazine.

  8. thank you so much for this. I’m a black caribbean man that has posed nude for over a decade and i have recently picked up and gone onto the OTHER side of the lens. So much of the words within this short feature has resonated within my inner conscious.

    i applaud you efforts and look forward to the finished product with bated breath…

    RasConrad model, photographer, poet

  9. much thanks to Rod, whose blog always bring rich and informative information.

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