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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Carrie Mae Weems

Dates:  1953 -
Born:  US, OR, Portland
Active:  US
 
  
In 1996 she started the ‘Hampton Project‘ based on the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) using Frances Benjamin Johnston‘s Hampton Album of 1900 as a starting point.

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Biography provided by Focal Press 
  
Weems is notable for her works that fuse words and image to create psychologically and politically charged explorations of identity and wrestle with complex issues of gender, race, age, and ethnicity. Whether focusing on personal narrative or larger cultural histories of the African American experience and the issues of Diaspora, her works delve deeply into prejudice, politics, history, folklore, and the human condition. She often groups images with words, using folkloric constructs of language and storytelling, or creates installation works with audio. Her notable series, Family Pictures and Stories, Colored People, Kitchen Table, Sea Islands, and Landed in Africa have been important contributions to our collective visual and social history. 
  
(Author: Garie Waltzer - Photographer and consultant) 
  
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409] 
(Used with permission) 
  

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
 

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If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Lahs-Gonzales, Olivia & Lippard, Lucy 1997 Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century. Selections from the Helen Kornblum Collection (Saint Louis Art Museum, D.A.P.) [Carrie Mae Weems is included in this overview of women photographers.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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