Closer Look | Photographer, Carrie Mae Weems
I am delighted to bring you this edition of Closer Look featuring the incomparable Carrie Mae Weems! I am having so much fun learning about influential African American photographers this month for Black History. I’m especially giddy to spotlight women succeeding in the typically male dominated photography industry.
Meet Carrie Mae Weems:
Carrie Mae Weems was born in Portland, OR to Myrlie and Carrie Weems. She was one of seven children. After completing high school Weems decided to move to San Francisco to study dance and late continued her pursuit of The Arts by studying at the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia. Interestingly enough, it was politics that first drove her to pick up a camera by being active in the labor movement as a union organizer.
Her inspiration to pursue photography came after reading The Black Photographers Journal. She later became an assistant to Anthony Barboza, an inspiring American photographer in his own rite. Weems collection of work inspires viewers and asks hard questions about gender roles , racism, and class across a wide range of mediums, including not only photography but textile, video and writing. Below are a few images from her well know Kitchen Table Series.
Weems currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. More information on her past and recent work can be found on her website http://carriemaeweems.net/