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Accra Shepp Occupy Wall Street Project

As the Occupy Wall Street protest continues in Zuccotti Park, artist Accra Shepp uses a 4×5 view camera with black and white film and makes twenty to thirty portraits each week of individuals who are participating in the demonstration. The portraits illustrate the personal face of the protest, reflecting the diverse individual characters of those […]

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Hank Willis Thomas at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC

This fall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design presents a group of approximately 12 new photographs and video works by artist Hank Willis Thomas. In his exhibition Strange Fruit, Thomas explores how the concepts of spectacle and display relate to notions of African-American identity. Organized by the Corcoran, and shown […]

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Lyle Ashton Harris Opening at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Lyle Ashton Harris: Self/Portrait brings together a group of large-format Polaroid photographs of the artist’s friends, family and community; artists, art collectors and patrons; and the artist himself. Shot over a ten-year period from 1998 to 2008, the sepia-toned “Chocolate Polaroids” capture the faces and backs of more than two hundred individuals. Harris (b. 1965) […]

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Lorna Simpson Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

Lorna Simpson: Gathered presents works that explore this Brooklyn-born artist’s interest in the interplay between fact and fiction, identity and history. Through works that incorporate hundreds of original and found vintage photographs of African Americans that she collects from eBay and flea markets, Lorna Simpson undermines the assumption that archival materials are objective documents of […]

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Introducing: Russell K. Frederick

Photographer Russell Frederick was born to Panamanian parents in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He fell in love with photography after taking a course at NY’s International Center for Photography, making it his life’s pursuit. Russell has worked for the Associated Press; photographed President Barack Obama’s inauguration; been featured in the MOCADA Museum’s critically-acclaimed show, I AM A […]

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Alonzo Jordan: Texas Barber and Photographer @ ICP

by THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS The first thing that came to mind when I heard about the Jasper, Texas: The Community Photographs of Alonzo Jordan, on view at the ICP, was the film “Two Towns of Jasper,” a documentary about the 1998 racially-motivated murder of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas which I saw at Sundance […]

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Carlton Wilkinson: A Journey of Discovery

Since childhood, where I questioned the absence of my likeness in my Baptist Church books and pamphlets, then later in life, where I questioned the lack of African American images used in advertisements which represented Middle America, I wondered why? we did not exist in the world I lived in. I remember the European image […]

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Profile: Thomas E. Askew

Thomas E. Askew (1848? – 1914) Atlanta’s first African American photographer. Began his photography career in the 1880s at Motes Studio downtown Atlanta. Later operated his own studio from home on Summit Avenue. Three years after his death, the Great Fire of 1917 destroyed all of his photographic equipment and negatives. “African American History Tour […]

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