Fae Richards Archive, Executive Producer

Fae Richards Archive photo

A group of pictures called ‘The Fae Richards Photo Archive’ (1993-1996), produced by Zoe Leonard in collaboration with the filmmaker Cheryl Dunye, purports to document the life of an African-American actress from her childhood early in the 20th century through her post-civil rights era old age. The substance of the narrative, including a film career sabotaged by racism, rings true; but Fae Richards never existed. Her life was staged for the contemporary camera.

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