Practices of Black Photographers
Revolutionary Practices of Black Photographers
A Conversation with Jamaica Gilmer, Dare Kumolu-Johnson, and Jay Simple
Join us on Wednesday, October 14, at 10:15 am EDT for a Zoom discussion on the significance of Black photographers, the power of the camera’s gaze, and photography’s role in movements for human rights and social justice. The panel will feature Jamaica Gilmer, photographer and founder of "The Beautiful Project,” Dare Kumolu-Johnson, documentary photographer and visual storyteller, and Jay Simple, visual artist and founder of Photographer’s Green Book. The discussion will be moderated by independent curator and art historian Anita Bateman, Ph.D.
Free and open to the public. Zoom registration required. This event is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and The Focus Program in collaboration with Duke’s first-year FOCUS course, “Human Rights on Camera,” taught by Professor Rebecca Stein.
‘Beautiful Project’ at the Met: Stories of Southern Black Girlhood
By Salamishah Tillet | New York Times
On my way into the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently to see “Pen, Lens & Soul: The Story of the Beautiful Project,” an exhibition of poetry and photography by black girls and women based in Durham, N.C., I looked up to its facade. And there I saw Wangechi Mutu’s stately African and divinely inspired female quartet of bronze sculptures ...
In Photos: Black August in the Park
By Dare Kumolu-Johnson and Danielle Purifoy | Scalawag Magazine
Not long before George Jackson, the Black revolutionary, author, and co-founder of the Black Guerrilla Family, was murdered in California’s San Quentin Prison at age 29, he wrote these words to his comrades: “Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved ...“
Jay Simple: Exodus Home and Photographer's Green Book
By Julia Bennett | Lenscratch
At a time when we are all especially focused on what it means to be at home in a place, Jay Simple‘s ongoing series, Exodus Home, has particular resonance. In his work, Simple questions the ways in which black people are both profoundly connected to and reflexively excluded from the physical and cultural terrain of American life. Migration as a means of survival is intrinsic to the history of black and brown people in this country ...
Roots & Roads
By Jacquelyn Gleisner | Connecticut Art Review
In the group exhibition, Roots & Roads, curator Anita N. Bateman accentuates one aspect of Black culture — hair — as a visual and symbolic means to explore assimilation and estrangement. The show’s premise pays homage to the African practice of braiding seeds and rice into their own hair and the hair of their children as a way to prepare for the unknown during the transatlantic slave trade ...
Jamaica Gilmer is a relentless hope architect, strategist, storyteller, photographer, and curator. She is the founder and director of The Beautiful Project, an arts collective that centers Black women and girls as the authorities over their own narratives. Jamaica helms TBP's curating and organizing efforts in partnership with families, organizations,…...Read More
Photographer Dare Kumolu-Johnson graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. After graduating, he moved to North Carolina and worked as a software developer/tester for almost 10 years. Dare is a self-taught photographer who has been creating professionally since 2013 and casually for many years…...Read More
Jay Simple is a visual artist from Philadelphia, PA, and currently resides in Pamplin, VA. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at Longwood University and founder of The Photographers Green Book, a resource for inclusion, equity, and diversity within the photographic medium. Working through photography and a variety…...Read More
Anita N. Bateman is an independent curator and art historian who specializes in modern and contemporary African art and the art of the African diaspora with additional interests in the history of photography, Black feminism, and the role of social media in activism and contemporary art. Bateman earned a Ph.D.…...Read More