Posted March 15, 2019 06:04:56Black and white portraits of Africans were considered to be a more accurate representation of the people, according to a new book called “Calligraphic: The Story of the BBC’s Black and White Pencils.”
The book details the ways in which the BBC used African American calligrams to portray African Americans during World War II, when African Americans were often subject to discrimination and mistreatment by the military.
The book also discusses how the BBC sought to portray Africans in their images, which often depicted them as dark, savage, and brutal.
“The black and whites were both used to highlight the contrast between the two groups, as a way of highlighting the fact that African Americans had suffered so much and were still struggling,” wrote author Richard Williams, a black academic.
“We needed to use black and White penmanship to demonstrate that the people we were portraying were not like us.
In order to achieve this we had to make sure the blackness of the face and eyes was emphasised.”
The BBC’s decision to use the Black and Whites for the face of the African soldiers was taken in 1940, Williams said.
The BBC did not always have the right to choose which black and yellow pen symbols were used for its images.
“Black and White is an excellent example of a piece of equipment that was actually given to the BBC in the 1940s to depict the black people of Africa,” Williams said in a statement.
“It is the first and only piece of black and black equipment that is still in service and that was used for that purpose.”
The project is part of a wider effort by the BBC to preserve its history.
The organisation has been researching and using African art for more than 100 years.
Williams has spent the last five years working with the BBC on the project.
He said the decision to turn to African calligraphy was not motivated by a desire to make a political statement.
The project, called “A Tale of Black and Black Pencil,” is a project that will also focus on the legacy of colonialism.
“I think that in terms of history, there is a sense that we are living through a time when African history is being told in a way that is less than we would like, that is not as it should be,” Williams told the BBC.
“That is not to say that it is good, but it is what we are dealing with here, and it is something that we can learn from.”
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