Art Garfunkel’s black-out photo essay, “Black Out,” was published in a black and white book in 2015.
But in this week’s issue of the magazine, photographer David Waugh created an interactive image gallery that uses the photograph as a way to explore different perspectives and take advantage of the dark and powerful color palette.
“It’s an opportunity to get into black-box photography and explore the history of black-space photography,” Waugh says.
“We wanted to explore how black-boxes, or black-light photography, were invented.
To really see the power of what black-cards can do.”
Waugh, whose work can be seen in many museums, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has worked on several projects to explore the work of black artists and photographers.
The image gallery was created in partnership with the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and the New York Public Library.
In the gallery, you can view images taken by Waugh and other black artists from the 1940s through the 1980s.
The project was inspired by a recent exhibition of the Waugh collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. The exhibit was called “Black Light,” and included works by David Waught, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others.
Waugh has been collecting black-card images for nearly two decades.
He started by creating black-outs for black artists such as Lillian Hill and Marcellus Wiley, then went on to collect images by African American writers and poets like Maya Angelou and W.E.B. Du Bois.
But as his collection expanded, Waugh decided to make his own black-on-black images.
He says he chose the title “Black Card” to represent his desire to capture “the best of black art.”
“I was inspired to use this black card for the first time, because of its importance in black history,” he says.
Waugher says his work with the Waughers and the National Library of the United States of America was a way for him to learn about the history and significance of the collection.
“I got to understand the history behind this collection, and then get to see how this collection has evolved over time,” he explains.
Wauggers says the project is an attempt to get an idea of the range of black card images that can be found in the collection, as well as to see the impact of the black card on the art.
The exhibition also featured paintings by Waugers, as was previously done by Wachter.
“There’s a lot of images in the Waugger collection that are a little bit unusual,” Wauger says.
He also points out that Waugh’s black card project is part of a larger project that was started by his sister, Emily Waugh.
Emily Waugger is also a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
“This is one of the first things that Emily has done that’s actually done anything interesting in her lifetime,” Wauguers says.
The Waughes have been using the gallery to document their travels as they explore the Smithsonian and the museum’s collections.
They have been exploring some of the museum exhibits in a museum in Annapolis.
Waught and Waugh say the exhibit was a chance to work with a museum that has an incredibly strong black history, which they think makes it an ideal place to do their research.
“What they do really well is to bring the history back to the museum in the most important ways,” Waught says.
They are currently working on a project that will examine the work and life of Black Panthers Huey Newton and James Chaney.
Wugh says he hopes the project will inspire other black photographers to use the collection as a teaching tool.
“When you see something like this, it opens up a world to see what you can do,” he adds.
“They were kind of just doing their work in a way that really touched us.”