The Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) is the Museum’s home of visual culture and innovation. Through its changing exhibitions, public programs, and publications, CAAMA showcases the formation of African American history and culture through media arts, including photography, film, video, and audio recordings.
The CAAMA gallery is located on the Museum’s 2nd floor and contains temporary media arts exhibitions that typically rotate every 12 to 14 months.
Cinema + Conversation
Great Migration Home Movie Project
Smithsonian African American Film Festival
“Double Exposure Series”
I. Through the African American Lens
II. Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality
III. African American Women
IV. Picturing Children
V. Fighting for Freedom
VI. Everyday Beauty
VII. Pictures with Purpose
Dr. King Holding Arms; Dr. King, John Lewis, Reverend Jessie Douglas, and James Farmer
A photograph of (L to R) James Farmer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend Jessie Douglas, and John Lewis arm-in-arm during the Selma to Montgomery march.
Alice Coltrane (“Black Journal” segment)
A 16mm color film print of a short documentary made for a segment of National Education Television's “Black Journal” television program. The segment focuses on the life of Alice Coltrane and her children in the wake of the death of her husband, famed jazz musician John Coltrane.
Marriage certificate with tintypes of Augustus L. Johnson and Malinda Murphy
A marriage certificate with tintypes of Augustus L. Johnson and Malinda Murphy that reads: “Marriage Certificate / Mr. Augustus Johnson and Miss Malinda Murphy / Were this ninth 9th day of July 1874 legally joined by me in / MATRIMONY / In presence of Charles Bannister [and] Joanna Murphy to which I hereby / Certify Abraham Cole.”
About the Director
Rhea L. Combs, Ph.D.
Photo: April Greer
The power of photographs is not only the ability to depict events, but to bring human scale to those experiences.Lonnie G. Bunch III Founding Director
The CAAMA Collection
Explore our collection of images, film, and audio.