bell hooks
[Educator and writer, b. 1952, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, lives in New York.]

 For black folks, the camera provided a means to document a reality that could, if necessary, be packed, stored, moved from place to place... [Photography] offered a way to contain memories, to overcome loss, to keep history. 
 When we concentrate on photography, we make it possible to see the walls of photographs in black homes as a critical intervention, a disruption of white control over black images. 
 The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is—it’s to imagine what is possible. 
 Representation is a crucial location of struggle for any exploited and oppressed people asserting subjectivity and decolonization of the mind.