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Devin Allen Uses Photography to Uplift His Baltimore Community

The Maryland photographer, Devin Allen, will have his first solo show in Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture starting July 10th. After his shocking photo of Baltimore after the Freddie Gray shooting made the cover of Time magazine, huge interest sparked about his work. Allen is only the third […]

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Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera by Wayne Lawrence

The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow stopped by the Bronx community in July, and we are still discovering today the diverse and rich cultures that the borough has to offer! Documentary photographer Wayne Lawrence‘s “Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera” presents a collection of images highlighting the many personalities that make up this iconic community. Rihanna. […]

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Albert Chong – Short Shot

As a student in Jamaica, Albert Chong discovered photography almost by accident. He recalls how he was quickly captivated by the magic of the medium. Albert Chong (b.1958) is an artist and photographer from Kingston, Jamaica. His work explores family history, ancestry and identity, and has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world. […]

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(Re)Discovering Photographer Willie Middlebrook

Dodge & Burn: Diversity in Photography History (Re)Discovering Photographer Willie Middlebrook by Qiana Mestrich March 25, 2013 ” ‘Art is about communication… I need to tell, to show what I see, what I feel. I am intrigued and motivated by life experience, the human condition… My subjects—family and friends—and I have an understanding focused towards […]

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TALD Profile: Deborah Willis

“On one occasion I stumbled upon THE SWEETFLYPAPER OF LIFE and proudly brought it home…. I was excited to see the photographs: it was the first book I had ever seen with ‘colored’ people in it – people that I recognized, people that reminded me of my own family…. The photographs spoke to me in […]

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Ulysses Marshall: Master Collagist, Artist In Exile

Ulysses Marshall. Courtesy of Jenne Glover via The Heart Art Gallery The Heart Art Gallery “Ulysses Marshall: Master Collagist, Artist In Exile” By Jenne Glover February 13, 2013 “Ulysses Marshall calls himself an artist in exile because he spends a lot of time alone. He says the term anchors him and gives him the space […]

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Remembering Photographer Hugh Bell

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Hugh Bell – a visionary photographer who has left a legacy of inspirational images. For over 60 years, Hugh Bell was a leading photographer who became well known for capturing the heart and soul of American Jazz. Most recently, Mr. Bell was […]

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Deborah Willis Reflects on Gordon Parks’ Fashion Flare

Deborah Willis honors Gordon Parks with a special feature in The New York Times’ Lens Blog that highlights his work in fashion photography. A native of Kansas, Gordon Parks became one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th Century. In addition to being the first African American staff photographer at LIFE magazine, Mr. Parks […]

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