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Since Thomas Allen Harris’ January 2014 Sundance premiere of “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”, the film has been selected in over 30 Film Festivals and screened in over 40 theater venues, museums, film societies and universities, worldwide.

Thomas Allen Harris is honored to have received the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical)” for “Through A Lens Darkly”!

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We are also proud to announce the film’s selection by the American Library Association (ALA) for their 2015 list of Notable Videos for Adults!

Finally, “Through A Lens Darkly” premiered on PBS national broadcast on February 16 on Independent Lens! Check your local listings.

Please help to continue this important documentary’s success by bringing “Through A Lens Darkly” to schools, libraries and communities! Please consider making a contribution and/or sharing our campaign:

* Black Reel Awards 2015 Nomination – Outstanding Independent Documentary*

* Africa Movie Academy Award 2014 – Best Diaspora Documentary*

* 2014 National Media Market – Best of Show, Collegiate*

* BIBFF 2014 – Best Documentary Feature*

* SBIFF 2014 – Social Justice Award for Documentary Film*

* PAFF 2014 – Festival Programmer’s Award – Documentary*

* BIFF 2014 – TEDDY Nomination*


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  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?

    • David, you erroneously assume that equality is a two way street. Your reading of this project presumes that choosing to create something separate from the white majority is the same thing as being forcibly excluded from the discussion all together. Look at it this way, imagine as a child that kids in the neighborhood where you live won’t let you play football with them so you create your own team. Are you, in this situation, acting in a similar manner by choosing to create your own team as those who excluded you? I understand this might be frustrating to not be on the team but that’s not the same thing as being excluded from it.

    • David, Have you seen the film? It’s magnificent. “Why exclude other races?” African Americans were excluded almost entirely from prior histories of phtgy, and from Am. history in general (for their accomplishments, not just their oppression). But this movie & the book it’s based on is not just a palliative. It’s a vital and very important contribution. Americans of African descent DO have a unique history, and so does their photography. I was enriched and enlightened to learn/see it. Yes, maybe in the future race won’t be a factor at all — in the arts, in the workplace, etc. But even then, it will be important to know our distinctive histories. — MStern, photographer/ phtgy educator (and not Af Amer)

    • When the histories of all people are fully and honestly portrayed in the histories of cultures and the world, THEN and only then will your comment make any kind of sense. Think about it.

  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.

  10. Looks like an amazing project. I cannot wait to see it.

  11. My aunt was a young woman in the 1900-1920. She left behind over 250 photos of people in her life. From Green River to Phoenix she left a fabulous photo legacy for us. Some of those photos are on display in my FaceBook photos section of my profile. I would like to know what I could do with them, so others besides my famiy could enjoy them.

    • Thank you Tauheedah – That is an amazing story we would love to see them! Visit to create a free account where you can upload your photos and tell your family story! We are working on other methods of allowing people to share their photos so do check back on (our new and updated website). Looking forward to seeing them!

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  13. Will this film be shown in other cities? Like Houston, TX? Or, on PBS?

  14. Los Angeles Please!!!!

    • Adam east village, nyc
    • Posted August 28, 2014 at 2:06 am
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    This film deserves to be seen more than once. Gorgeous, moving and sweeping; it gives props to all the shoulders of black photography’s pioneers. Carrie Mae Weems is ‘the Mommy!’ Loved it loved it !
    Ad. east village-east london

  15. When/where will this film be shown in San Francisco area?

  16. Looking forward to this immensely – a question? whose work is the photo of the woman wityh the dove, please? thx!!!

  17. Just saw this in Chicago. Wonderful film, thank you for this.

  18. A wonderful film. Please remind me the name of the young, gay African American photographer featured in the film who spoke of his aunt and uncle and currently documents drag, etc. thank you

  19. I missed you all.

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