Harris photos in new film heralding Alice Walker

Chris Harris, Electronic Media Communication professor, has had three of his early photographs of impoverished blacks from the sugarcane fields of Louisiana selected for use in a new film on internationally noted author, poet and activist Alice Walker.

Alice Walker in her home

Alice Walker writing in her home in Jackson, Miss. 1977

Harris’ photographs come from a collection that Walker kept in her files for more than 30 years. They were discovered while doing research for the film. A photograph Harris shot of the author writing in her Jackson, Miss., home in 1977 was also chosen. The film, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, premiered nationwide during the summer of 2013.

Walker’s work includes seven novels, four short-story collections and four children’s books, as well as volumes of essays and poetry. Walker was the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction – as well as the National Book Award – for her 1983 novel The Color Purple. That novel was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation in 1985. TLE


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