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Say Brother
Art of Photography, The
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Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Hosts Dighton Spooner and Lloyd Cogell introduces the topic of photography as an art form with guests Hakim Raquib and Carl Ephraim, both professional photographers who live and work in Boston. Topics of discussion include how they started in photography, if their work is affected by sociopolitical events, who their influences are, the validity of photography as an art form, its similarities and differences as compared to other mediums, the challenges of the Boston gallery scene, being a black fine arts photographer, the absence of work generated by black female photographers both locally and nationally, the nature of commercial photography, and tips for beginners. Program includes samples of each photographer's work, and both Spooner and Cogell discuss the meaning and motivations for the work with each artist. Program includes a short segment on the work of photographer James Van Der Zee narrated by Dighton Spooner over Van Der Zee's photographs (Van Der Zee chronicled the lives of blacks in Harlem beginning in the 1930's. His work began drawing critical attention in the late 1960's).



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African American photographers--Massachusetts--Boston
Massachusetts Art Prison Project
Van Der Zee, James, 1886-1983
Raquib, Hakim
Ephraim, Carl
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Spooner, Dighton (Host)
Cogell, Lloyd (Host)
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