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He Photographed Ferguson. Now Adrian Walker is in The National Portrait Gallery | Riverfront Times

The exhibition has deep roots for Adrian, yet the idea was first inspired by a series of coincidences. A friend recommended that Adrian shoot product photos for OJI Royale in Los Angeles, which makes designer and luxury durags. “That’s what I was set to do, but I try to tell stories within all of my work in some shape or form, and it kind of came out that way,” Adrian says. “When I got the negatives back and I started really paying attention to the film, I felt that there was a story there.” “I was looking to depict photos […]

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Christine Chambers, 39, Dies; Her Photos Empowered Actors of Color | The New York Times

As a photographer and a playwright, she helped document the rise of a generation of theater artists who wanted to tell their own stories their own way. Christine Chambers, a photographer whose pictures of actors of color helped document the rise of a newly energized black theater movement that emerged in New York a decade ago, died on Dec. 4 in Manhattan. She was 39. Her sister, Essie Jane Chambers, said she died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital from complications of a lung infection. She had also had lupus, a chronic disease of the immune system, since she was 12. In addition […]

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What W. E. B. Du Bois Conveyed in His Captivating Infographics | The New Yorker

In 1893, Ida B. Wells published a pamphlet titled “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition.” The expo, which lasted for six months, was held in Chicago and was meant to chart the trajectory of the Americas in the four hundred years since Columbus had arrived. Though a handful of African-Americans had individual exhibits at the fair, there was none specifically dedicated to the history or the accomplishments of African-Americans as a people. Wells secured contributions for the pamphlet from Frederick Douglass, the educator and journalist Irvine Garland Penn, and the lawyer and activist […]

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Former Ebony publishing company is auctioning off its historic photo archive, containing more than 4 million photos, to pay its creditors | CNN

Leah Asmelash and Brian Ries, CNN, CNN Author James Baldwin photographed leaving his home. (G. Marshall Wilson/Johnson Publishing Company). Featured Image NN – Ebony and Jet magazines were once pinnacles of black American culture. Their photographs were windows into intimate moments of black celebrities, and they were known for their everyday depictions of middle class black life, especially Ebony magazine. “It was Ebony that took to remind America of black people’s humanity,” said Jeffrey McCune, a professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. “It colored black life in spectrum.” A significant portion of that […]

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Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates the photographic triumph of Gordon Parks | Cleveland.com

Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com One of the 13 murals that make up “The Life of Washington,” at George Washington High School in San Francisco. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times, Featured Image , Ohio – Gordon Parks made it look easy. As director of the Shaft detective movies in the 1970s, and as a composer, author, winner of the National Medal of Arts and more than 50 honorary doctorates, Parks (1912-2006) was a leading black cultural figure who left a sizable imprint on 20th century America. But the core of his accomplishment rests on his work as a […]

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Dawoud Bey: 40 Years of Photos Affirming the ‘Lives of Ordinary Black People’ | The New York Times A new retrospective book “Seeing Deeply” reveals his decades-long exploration of community, memory and photography.

A new retrospective book “Seeing Deeply” reveals his decades-long exploration of community, memory and photography.

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