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In Jamaican dancehalls competition for the video camera's light is stiff so much so that dancers sometimes bleach their skin to enhance their visibility In the Bahamas tuxedoed students roll into prom in tricked out sedans staging grand red carpet entrances that are designed to ensure they are seen being photographed Throughout the United States and Jamaica friends pose in front of hand painted backgrounds of Tu.
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Nal image itself For the members of these African diasporic communities seeking out the camera's light whether from a cell phone Polaroid or video camera provides a means with which to represent themselves in the public sphere The resulting images Thompson argues become their own forms of memory modernity value and social status that allow for cultural formation within and between African diasporic communities .
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Pac flashy cars or brand name products popularized in hip hop culture in countless makeshift roadside photography studios And visual artists such as Kehinde Wiley remix the aesthetic of Western artists with hip hop culture in their portraiture In Shine Krista Thompson examines these and other photographic practices in the Caribbean and United States arguing that performing for the camera is important than the fi.