From 1995 to 1996 photographer Carrie Mae Weems created a groundbreaking body of work titled “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried”. The series is made up of 34 appropriated images from the 19th and 20th-centuries which she reprinted using a red filter and framed under glass that had been sandblasted with overlying text. The resulting combination displays a powerful comment on race relations for the past two centuries in America which Weems hopes “gives the subject another level of humanity and another level of dignity that was originally missing in the photograph.” A retrospective of Weems’s work is on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York until May 14, titled “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video”.
Watch a video where Weems talks about “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried”here.
text written by Canbra Hodsdon