Colourism and Photography by Autograph

By on June 26, 2019

Colourism has often been defined as the racial discrimination of individuals based on the tonalities within the colour of their skin

This talk will investigate structural colourism in the history of photographic processes, emphasised through the invention of colour correction cards in the 1950s. These were used by photography labs to calibrate skin tones, shadows and light during the printing process – favouring lighter skin tones, while leaving darker skin tones looking blurred or unidentifiable.

Photographer and activist Angélica Dass will discuss her project Humanae, investigating the chromatic range of human skin tones using a taxonomy adopting the format of the PANTONE® Guide – challenging social classifications of race and colour.

Film and theatre director Nadia Latif will look at how the evolution of cameras and lighting in film have influenced the depiction of black actors, actresses and characters.

About the Speakers

Angélica Dass is an award-winning photographer living in Madrid, Spain. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, she is acutely aware of how small differences in skin tone can swell into large misconceptions and stereotypes about race.

She is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanæ Project, a collection of portraits that reveal the diverse beauty of human colors.

Nadia Latif is a theatre maker and film director. She trained as a director at RADA under Bill Gaskill. She recently directed the short horror film White Girl, and is developing a number of feature film and television projects.

She also writes articles, often about the intersections of race, gender and popular culture. She is Associate Director of the Young Vic Theatre.

The event Colourism and Photography will be held at Autograph on Tuesday 2July 2019.

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