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On View: Tyler Mitchell's First Solo Exhibition at Jack Shainman is Spread Across Gallery's Two Chelsea Locations in New York

On View: Tyler Mitchell’s First Solo Exhibition at Jack Shainman is Spread Across Gallery’s Two Chelsea Locations in New York

“Connective Tissue” (2021) by Tyler Mitchell   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE PASTORAL AMERICAN SOUTH conjures complex histories, emotions, and experiences for Black people. Family traditions and connections to the land are tempered by racial terror and generational discrimination. Tyler Mitchell focuses nearly exclusively on the blissful moments and the power...
Pioneering Photographer Ming Smith is Now Represented by Nicola Vassell Gallery

Pioneering Photographer Ming Smith is Now Represented by Nicola Vassell Gallery

  TWO POWERFUL, TRAILBLAZING WOMEN are joining forces. Nicola Vassell Gallery in New York announced the representation of Ming Smith on Friday. Smith joins the Black-owned gallery having established a groundbreaking photography practice over the last 50 years. In May, Vassell inaugurated her gallery with a solo exhibition of the Harlem-based artist. “Ming Smith: Evidence”...
On View: 'Dawoud Bey: An American Project' at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York

On View: ‘Dawoud Bey: An American Project’ at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York

“A Young Man Resting on an Exercise Bike, Amityville, NY” (1988) by Dawoud Bey   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   CHICAGO PHOTOGRAPHER Dawoud Bey has been chronicling America since the mid-1970s, training his lens on individuals, communities, and histories that are often unseen, yet central to the nation’s narrative. “Dawoud Bey: An...
On View: 'Beautiful Disruption,' Photographer Nadine Ijewere's First-Ever Solo Exhibition at C/O Berlin

On View: ‘Beautiful Disruption,’ Photographer Nadine Ijewere’s First-Ever Solo Exhibition at C/O Berlin

  On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE FRESH PERSPECTIVE and imaginative eye of Nadine Ijewere have produced beautiful and novel images, bringing international attention to the rising young photographer. Known for her striking fashion portraiture, Ijewere became the first Black woman to photograph a Vogue magazine cover when she shot the cover...
Photographer Tyler Mitchell is Teaching a MasterClass: 'It's Always Been Important to Me to Share and Make Accessible the Information I've Learned Along the Way'

Photographer Tyler Mitchell is Teaching a MasterClass: ‘It’s Always Been Important to Me to Share and Make Accessible the Information I’ve Learned Along the Way’

  SPIKE LEE TEACHES independent filmmaking. Anna Wintour provides insights about leadership. Frank Gehry offers fundamentals about architecture and design. A fine art and fashion photographer, Tyler Mitchell provides instruction on how to tell stories through portrait photography. Mitchell shot to fame in the creative world when he became the first Black photographer and youngest...
Lawrence Jackson: Black Photographer Will Document Historic White House Tenure of Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris

Lawrence Jackson: Black Photographer Will Document Historic White House Tenure of Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris

Photographer Lawrence Jackson   THE TENURE OF THE FIRST WOMAN, first Black, and first Asian American to serve as Vice President of the United States will be visually documented by a Black photographer. Lawrence Jackson was named photographer to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on Jan. 15. The Biden-Harris transition announced a number of White House...
Across the Nation: 5 Photography Exhibitions Showcase Works by Kay Hickman, Awol Erizku, John Edmonds, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Young Genre-Bending Image Makers

Across the Nation: 5 Photography Exhibitions Showcase Works by Kay Hickman, Awol Erizku, John Edmonds, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Young Genre-Bending Image Makers

  FROM ST. LOUIS TO MIAMI and New York, five photography exhibitions are showcasing the work of Black image makers. John Edmonds, Awol Erizku, and a new generation of fast-rising photographers are exploring fashion, art history, and contemporary culture. On the documentary front, two photographers capture New York. Lyle Ashton Harris’s archival work tracks the...
Finding Joy in the Everyday Mundane, Tyler Mitchell's Photographs 'Visualize What a Black Utopia Looks Like, or Could Look Like'

Finding Joy in the Everyday Mundane, Tyler Mitchell’s Photographs ‘Visualize What a Black Utopia Looks Like, or Could Look Like’

TYLER MITCHELL, Untitled, 2019. | © Tyler Mitchell   ALLURING, JOYFUL, AND TIMELY, the photographs of Tyler Mitchell center the Black experiences he didn’t see represented in media when he was growing up. The images Mitchell came across, mostly on Tumblr, focused on attractive white models at leisure and at play, having fun. Shifting how...
Carrie Mae Weems on Kitchen Table Series: 'Not Simply a Voice for African American Women, but More Generally for Women'

Carrie Mae Weems on Kitchen Table Series: ‘Not Simply a Voice for African American Women, but More Generally for Women’

  IN A NEW ONLINE VIEWING ROOM, Jack Shainman Gallery is showcasing Carrie Mae Weems‘s iconic Kitchen Table Series (1990). The photographs feature a succession of staged scenes that explore female identity, experiences, and relationships in the context of a traditionally female domain. Employing visual performance, image making, and a compelling narrative text, the powerful...
On View: 'The Beautiful Journey: The Lens of Devin Allen' at The Gallery at Baltimore City Hall

On View: ‘The Beautiful Journey: The Lens of Devin Allen’ at The Gallery at Baltimore City Hall

“Mother and Son” by Devin Allen   While museums and galleries are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus, On View will continue to showcase images from noteworthy exhibitions   DOCUMENTING THE UPRISING that spilled into the streets of Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray while he was in police custody,...
On View: 'Painting with Light: The Photography of Ming Smith' at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London

On View: ‘Painting with Light: The Photography of Ming Smith’ at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London

“Abidjan Children” (1972 / 2003) by Ming Smith   While museums and galleries are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus, On View will continue to showcase images from noteworthy exhibitions   A PIONEERING AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER, Ming Smith is known for her experimental techniques. Her painterly and artfully blurred images are achieved with slow shutter...
Art for Change: Collective of 80 Black Photographers is Selling Prints to Benefit Nonprofits Focused on Justice and Uplift

Art for Change: Collective of 80 Black Photographers is Selling Prints to Benefit Nonprofits Focused on Justice and Uplift

  A COLLECTIVE OF 80 BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS has come together to rally for change. See in Black was formed in response to the latest police killings and calls for racial justice. The group is harnessing its talent and resources to center Black visibility and invest in Black uplift. The photographers are selling prints for $100...
Culture Talk: Frank Stewart on His Jazz Photographs, Approach to Image Making, and Forthcoming Museum Retrospective

Culture Talk: Frank Stewart on His Jazz Photographs, Approach to Image Making, and Forthcoming Museum Retrospective

  THE ARRAY OF IMAGES Frank Stewart has made over the course of his career is dizzying. He’s photographed African American culture in its many forms—art, food, dance, and music, jazz in particular. He’s made portraits of artists, shot barbecue in the South and Midwest, and captured the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He photographed a...
Powerful Perspective: These Black Female Photographers are Documenting the Protests Against Police Killings and Racial Injustice

Powerful Perspective: These Black Female Photographers are Documenting the Protests Against Police Killings and Racial Injustice

  FOR MORE THAN A DOZEN DAYS NOW, people have been marching—flooding the streets, declaring “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” on signs and t-shirts, and raising their voices demanding change. In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., and countless others, protestors are...
Ghanaian Photographer Prince Gyasi: 'I Usually Tell Stories Through My iPhone Lens and With the Use of Color'

Ghanaian Photographer Prince Gyasi: ‘I Usually Tell Stories Through My iPhone Lens and With the Use of Color’

  TWENTY-FIVE YEAR OLDS are obsessed with their iPhones the world over. In this respect, Prince Gyasi is no different from his peers. It’s the nature of his obsession that sets him apart. He uses his phone to text and post on social media, but his main priority is taking pictures. Gyasi is an internationally...
A Look Inside Johnson Publishing Archive: From Pearl Bailey on Set of 'Carmen Jones' to Coretta Scott King in Mourning and Eartha Kitt Poolside

A Look Inside Johnson Publishing Archive: From Pearl Bailey on Set of ‘Carmen Jones’ to Coretta Scott King in Mourning and Eartha Kitt Poolside

Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X attend school boycott rally in New York City, March 1964   BLACK-AND-WHTIE PHOTOGRAPHS of Pearl Bailey on the set of the 1954 film “Carmen Jones”; Sammy Davis Jr., hanging with the Rat Pack; Eartha Kitt reading Richard Wright’s “Pagan Spain” poolside at a swank hotel; and Coretta Scott King...