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'Through a Lens Darkly' tackles a photographic divide in America
'Through a Lens Darkly' tackles a photographic divide in America

The photographs of young black men are startling in their contrasts: a slave in chains, a professor in a suit; a body dangling from a lynch mob's rope, a musician with a violin. The images illuminate a nation's racial divide and how African Americans viewed themselves against the distorting gaze of caricature and prejudice. "Through a Lens Darkly," a documentary directed by Thomas Allen Harris, is essentially a glimpse at two scrapbooks — one chronicled by African American photographers, the other by a country unsettled by racist attitudes that persist today. When it comes to race, whether in the old Jim Crow South or the echo chamber of social media, one...

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