Photoville spotlights untold stories of Black and Brown master printmakers
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Ben Crawford as The Phantom. Photo by Matthew Murphy
By Nelson A. King
The DarkRoom Masters, a documentary
video series featuring Black and
Brown master photographers and printers,
launched over the weekend in the
“10 Under 10” at New York City’s famed
photography festival, Photoville.
The video series was featured in the
opening night events at Bridge Park, Pier
1, on Saturday, Sept. 18.
The DarkRoom Masters is a newly
launched project by local photographers
and director Russell Frederick and Anderson
Under the “safe light”of the dark room,
Frederick and Zaca take the audience on
a fine art journey to discuss traditional
printmaking, photography and the politics
“The unique documentary is a cross
between LeBron James’s The Shop and
Kamau Bell’s United Shades of America,
taking an authentic and up close look
at the lives and craftsmanship of some
of the country’s best photographers and
printers who have been overlooked and
undervalued by the industry,” said Dark-
Room Masters in a statement on Monday.
“For too long, the rich legacy of these
photographers has not received visibility
or appropriate recognition, leaving so
many of this elite class of printmakers
unknown and under-valued,” said Fredrick,
an educator and vice president of
Through banter and laughs, Zaca and
Russell explore the unique techniques of
traditional printmaking, the history and
legacy of Black and Brown efforts to gain
recognition and the political significance
of these photographers’ body of work.
“We really wanted to capture these
masters doing what they do best, shooting
and printing. And for us, as both students
and colleagues, we are able to get real
about cultural identity and the evolution
of the craft,” said Zaca.
The series feature Beuford Smith,
Joseph Rodriguez and Adama D. Fawundu
in their element at Penumbra Foundation
Together, Russell and Anderson take an
interdisciplinary approach as educators,
activists anthropologists, exploring the
critical role these photographers played in
changing the perception of communities
of color by sharing their distinct view of
“We feel blessed to be in conversation
with our friends, our mentors and our
contemporaries about the past and the
future of our art, and the industry and
the significance of our contributions to
the cannon of photography,” the producers
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Russell Frederick (left) and Anderson Zaca.