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 MAN; became a co-recipient of the Hurricane Katrina Media Fellowship; won a Gordon Parks Award; and joined the historically important Black photography collective Kamoinge.
Russell’s work has been shown at the National Black Fine Arts Show in NY, The African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Goethe Institute in Accra, Ghana. In addition, his work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Danny Simmons Gallery, Columbia University, NYU and the Empire State Building, among others. His work, mostly using B&W film, is centered on portraying the life and times of his community honestly. with an emphasis on depicting the decency and dignity of his people. His latest body of work, Black: A Solo Exhibition, is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to fund his first major show in New York in 2011.
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Samples of images from Russell’s portfolio below: