Spanning the years from 1842 to the present, this sweeping exhibition examined the ways that African Americans have used photography as a means of self-definition through the past century and a half.

The exhibition included studio portraiture by such masters as James VanDerZee, scenes documenting the rise of Black political awareness, including powerful journalistic images by Gordon Parks and Joe Flowers, and contemporary works by artists such as Dawoud Bey, Clarissa Sligh, Lorna Simpson, and Nashville’s Carlton Wilkinson.

Reflections in Black was organized by the Smithsonian Institution.

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