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Carrie Mae Weems - I move around with an old beat-up camera, a fucked-up tripod, and as much film as I can carry

On November 2nd 2014 Carrie Mae Weems, the world-renowned photographer, artist and activist, will be given a Lucie Award for her achievement in Fine Arts. Weems received her first camera at age twenty when she was working in the labour movement as a union organizer, and at first she used her camera in support of this work. She was inspired to pursue photography more seriously after she came across 'The Black Photography Annual', a book of images by African-American photographers, and in 1983 she held her first exhibition - a collection of images and words called 'Family Pictures and Stories'.

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