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Photography as Collaboration


Apr 20 2021


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Virtual Only

Titus Brooks Heagins, “Darron,” from the “Black Heads” Series of Rorschach
Titus Brooks Heagins, “Darron,” from the “Black Heads” Series of Rorschach

"My main task is to photograph African Americans. Imbedded in my process always is the question of how to create an image of representation that justly presents who we are in a civil society. Clearly, we truly don’t live in a civil society. The society we exist within denies our pain in ways that are detrimental to our intellect, our creative passion, as well as our very existence. So how do black photographers create images that will not be systematically overlooked? What is the value of our art when it is denied and devalued? How do we respond to institutions that have histories of challenging our visual truths? We must bear witness and continue to see each other. We must never forget the value of our work and that all art is political."

—Titus Brooks Heagins, May 1, 2020


Photography As Collaboration

A Conversation with Titus Brooks Heagins

Photography As Collaboration with Titus Brooks Heagins

Join us Tuesday, April 20, EDT, for a virtual conversation with photographer Titus Brooks Heagins. Heagins has been a professional photographer for just over two decades, but his work is built on a lifetime of habits: of seeing, of listening, and of building relationships. Heagins will explore a selection of his photographs and discuss the role of photography in documenting racism and inequality, the power of photographs to carry family and community stories, and the experience of making photographs during the turmoil of 2020's global pandemic and civil unrest. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jayne Ifekwunigwe of Duke University.

Free and open to the public. Advance registration required. Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University.

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Titus Brooks Heagins

Titus Brooks Heagins is a photographer who currently lives and works in Durham, NC. He has traveled extensively throughout North Carolina, the southwestern United States, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, the Caribbean, and China to produce a diverse body of work. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University, and…...

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Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe

Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, Ph.D. is Associate Director of Engagement for the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (Duke TRHT Center) and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Genomics, Race, Identity and Difference (GRID) at Duke University. Her scholarly and teaching interests are interdisciplinary and are guided by the…...

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