If you can admit to being under the influence of those tiny, regal-looking leaves on the DVD cover, you will certainly enjoy the Marin City Library's February 13th screening of Positive Negatives: The Photography of David Johnson. It was an official selection for the Sacramento International Film Festival 2011, the Tiburon International Film Festival 2011, the San Francisco International Women's Film Festival 2011, and the San Diego Black Film Festival 2011. But it's more than just a Bay Area indie darling.
It's even more than a biography of David Johnson, the first African American student of Ansel Adams and a professional photographer and photojournalist with 60 years of experience documenting African American life in the Bay area. Like Johnson's work, the film is a biography of place and time, namely San Francisco's Black communities from World War II to the present. From the underground Jazz scene in the Fillmore district, to the Civil Rights movement, to spiritual and everyday life in all parts of the city, the documentarian frames the photographer in the social and political context that he first captured.
Positive Negatives: The Photography of David Johnson will be playing at the Marin City Library on Monday, February 13th at 7 PM followed by a discussion with David Johnson. Reservations are not required. Refreshments will be served. You are also invited to view a collection of Johnson's work on display all month long at the Marin City Library. For more information, call us at 415-332-6158.