Photography and Representation

Photography and representation of the Black community has always been a nuanced discussion. Throughout history, there has been a noticeable lack of representation, especially positive and accurate representation, of the Black community. While researching information for Otherwise/Revival, it was difficult to find photographs of Black community members in Los Angeles in the early 1900’s. The lack of representation of Black bodies is a reflection of the history of this country, and the lack of care in highlighting the lives of Black people. These forms of representation, or lack thereof, highlight the need for such representation to be present.