Have you ever wondered if there were certain skin tone biases embedded in colour film? Do you believe that visual technologies such as still photography, film and television realistically render human skin colour in an exact manner?
This illustrated talk on the little-known story about race relations, demonstrates how light skin, which had quickly become the norm for the rendition of skin tones within the early industries of visual representation, very slowly transformed over time to become more inclusive of a wider range of skin colours.
The sample images are emblematic of the state of race relations and aesthetics in visual media around the world. Her “behind the lab doors” / backstage history illustrates how our notions of beauty have been almost unconsciously influenced, negotiated, constructed and consistently reinforced across a wide range of popular media.