Slow Down. Wake Up.
Tumblr of Qiana Mestrich - visual artist/photographer and blogger at Dodge & Burn: Diversity in Photography History http://dodgeburn.blogspot.com
Slow Down. Wake Up.
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In the studio…
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Found art in #brooklyn
BOMB Magazine — Coco Fusco by Elia Alba
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deconstructingshe:

Traditional vs. Modern,  Continental Africa Series, Nairobi, Kenya July 2014.  
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Small sculptures made in Congo (and sourced at J&S Imports) with of my cyanotypes in the background.
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An otherworldly experience… Patti  Smith installation #rockaways #ps1moma
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"We rebuild stone by stone." - Patti Smith installation at #rockaways #ps1moma
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"My job is not to produce answers. My job is to produce good questions."
Glenn Ligon, from: “Glenn Ligon: Interview,” by Lyndon Phillip, International Contemporary Art, September 22, 2005, 12–14. (via studiomuseum)
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siddharthasmama:

blackfolksmakingcomics:

roane72:

Reacting to the news about Captain America. <3

Here’s the tweet. 

representation. matters.
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bremser:

Any large collection of color portraits from the 1940’s and 50’s are bound to be interesting, but Carl Van Vechten's work so thoroughly documented African-American writers, musicians, actors, and dancers in New York City, making it one of the important photographic projects during the period. He was persistent, working with Kodachrome during this time was a financial and technical challenge. There's an awkward and non-professionally produced quality to many of the sittings, which often results in inexplicable greatness - the portrait of James Baldwin is an example. I can't read whether Baldwin is annoyed, perplexed, or acting out a character.  

One aspect of this incredible archive are the backgrounds - many designed uniquely for the individual session. Beyond Van Vechten’s tenacity for arranging the portraits, this might be his area of true genius, using bits of wallpaper, fabric and sometimes artworks to reflect the subject’s personality, while exploiting the possibilities of the Kodachrome palette.  
June 17th is Carl Van Vechten’s birthday.
bremser:

Any large collection of color portraits from the 1940’s and 50’s are bound to be interesting, but Carl Van Vechten's work so thoroughly documented African-American writers, musicians, actors, and dancers in New York City, making it one of the important photographic projects during the period. He was persistent, working with Kodachrome during this time was a financial and technical challenge. There's an awkward and non-professionally produced quality to many of the sittings, which often results in inexplicable greatness - the portrait of James Baldwin is an example. I can't read whether Baldwin is annoyed, perplexed, or acting out a character.  

One aspect of this incredible archive are the backgrounds - many designed uniquely for the individual session. Beyond Van Vechten’s tenacity for arranging the portraits, this might be his area of true genius, using bits of wallpaper, fabric and sometimes artworks to reflect the subject’s personality, while exploiting the possibilities of the Kodachrome palette.  
June 17th is Carl Van Vechten’s birthday.
bremser:

Any large collection of color portraits from the 1940’s and 50’s are bound to be interesting, but Carl Van Vechten's work so thoroughly documented African-American writers, musicians, actors, and dancers in New York City, making it one of the important photographic projects during the period. He was persistent, working with Kodachrome during this time was a financial and technical challenge. There's an awkward and non-professionally produced quality to many of the sittings, which often results in inexplicable greatness - the portrait of James Baldwin is an example. I can't read whether Baldwin is annoyed, perplexed, or acting out a character.  

One aspect of this incredible archive are the backgrounds - many designed uniquely for the individual session. Beyond Van Vechten’s tenacity for arranging the portraits, this might be his area of true genius, using bits of wallpaper, fabric and sometimes artworks to reflect the subject’s personality, while exploiting the possibilities of the Kodachrome palette.  
June 17th is Carl Van Vechten’s birthday.
bremser:

Any large collection of color portraits from the 1940’s and 50’s are bound to be interesting, but Carl Van Vechten's work so thoroughly documented African-American writers, musicians, actors, and dancers in New York City, making it one of the important photographic projects during the period. He was persistent, working with Kodachrome during this time was a financial and technical challenge. There's an awkward and non-professionally produced quality to many of the sittings, which often results in inexplicable greatness - the portrait of James Baldwin is an example. I can't read whether Baldwin is annoyed, perplexed, or acting out a character.  

One aspect of this incredible archive are the backgrounds - many designed uniquely for the individual session. Beyond Van Vechten’s tenacity for arranging the portraits, this might be his area of true genius, using bits of wallpaper, fabric and sometimes artworks to reflect the subject’s personality, while exploiting the possibilities of the Kodachrome palette.  
June 17th is Carl Van Vechten’s birthday.
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icpbardmfa:

Mom, Dad and I in 1964. At this point their marriage was illegal in 17 states. - Nayland Blake
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icphoto:

Tonight at 6 pm, join us for a free tour of our exhibition Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944–2013. The tour will be led by Aline Shkurovich, a recent graduate of our MFA program, who will share her perspective as a #LatinAmerican photographer. #luchadores #UrbesMutantes
Image:  Lourdes Grobet, Double wrestle III (La doble lucha III ), Mexico, 1981-82. Collection Leticia and Stanislas Poniatowski. © Lourdes Grobet.
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Visited J&S Imports today on Broadway btwn 17th and 18th sts in NYC. They have an amazing  collection of masks and trinkets from the motherland… Also a good source for Shea butter. Their “store” is a crazy underground warehouse they have, no real storefront. Had to take one of those old school freight elevators down to the bowels of this building they’ve been in for 40+ years. More pics of my purchases coming soon. #Africa #masks #oldnyc
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Antique dolls in Hudson, NY (at Hudson Historic District)
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#afro