…the aesthetic politics of filming black skin

‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Mother of George,’ and the aesthetic politics of filming black skin


The fact that audiences are seeing such a varied, nuanced spectrum of black faces isn’t just a matter of poetics, but politics — and the advent of digital filmmaking. For the first hundred years of cinema, when images were captured on celluloid and processed photochemically, disregard for black skin and its subtle shadings was inscribed in the technology itself, from how film-stock emulsions and light meters were calibrated, to the models used as standards for adjusting color and tone.

That embedded racism extended into the aesthetics of the medium itself, which from its very beginnings was predicated on the denigration and erasure of the black body.


Image source and full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/movies/12-years-a-slave-mother-of-george-and-the-aesthetic-politics-of-filming-black-skin/2013/10/17/282af868-35cd-11e3-80c6-7e6dd8d22d8f_story.html

H/T: http://www.racialicious.com/2013/10/24/the-racialicious-links-roundup-10-24-13-poc-on-film-for-colored-boys-paloma-noyola-bueno-and-ya-lit/