“In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present”

Photography brings us news of appearances, always; of events, often; and of personal approaches, sometimes. When considering “In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present,” at the Guggenheim, I was greeted by a spectrum of familiar genres with unexpected points of view. Instead of having to look from the “outside” at African subjects, a viewer was given perspectives from within their diverse cultures—and such interior horizons offered news to a Western public. Though some of its exhibitors have been shown in France and England, “In/sight” broke ground here, offering practically all its subjects a U.S. debut. (An exception is the South African Peter Magubane, whose activist photojournalism on apartheid has had worldwide impact.) The show included (among other rich materials) straight studio portraitists in Senegal (1940s and 1950s), moody reportage from Mozambique (1960s), reflections

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