The film’s director, Thomas Allen Harris and professional photographer and educator, Bill Gaskins, come together for a discussion of the film with the Library community.
Thomas Allen Harris, the film’s director, is Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Film and Media Studies at Yale University. He launched the Family Pictures Institute for Inclusive Storytelling to spread the work he has been engaged in for the past ten years. His work illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Whitney Independent Study Program, and member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Bill Gaskins is an acclaimed artist and longtime educator and the founding director of The Graduate Program in Photography + Media & Society at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His work is based on a professional and academic foundation informed by the history of photography, art, visual and media culture, and American and African American Studies scholarship. His work explores the intersection of black hair and a critical analysis of portraiture in the 21st century.
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