27 Aug

“Through a Lens Darkly”

Race Seen Through Viewfinders

The photographer Renee Cox,  featured in the film “Through a Lens Darkly,” comments on racism by drawing on a biblical narrative in which blacks have often been excluded. Credit Renee Cox/First Run Features

…………Such images can still cause pain, in no small part because the attitudes they reflect don’t entirely belong to the past. “Through a Lens Darkly” takes on a grim timeliness when you think about the role that photographs — shared and sometimes counterfeited on the Internet and social media — played in the aftermaths of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., and Trayvon Martin’s killing in Florida in 2012. It is still depressingly easy to find images that pathologize and dehumanize young black men……………

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