His Name Was Gordon: The Man Behind One of the Nation’s Most Iconic Photos

It is a great pleasure to share these posts–this writer has taught me a lot about things I only had surface knowledge of. Happy Reading! And remember that Black History Month is every month. Know your history, and know your value.

Diary of a Historian

On Monday night I was up until 11:30 pm watching Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People on PBS. It was not a wise move given my morning job; however, I am an avid fan of documentaries and this one quickly placed itself in my top ten list of outstanding films. I was captivated from the beginning until the end. I learned that Frederick Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th Century and Sojourner Truth used photography to support herself by selling and even wearing her own portraits. This film takes you on a journey from slavery to the present day focusing on the emergence of blacks in photography, what these images portrayed, the stereotypes that were brought forth, and the rise of black photographers along with their missions and passion behind photography.


As the film progressed, the photographers (historians, if you asked me) began to…

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