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Practices of Black Photographers


Oct 14 2020


10:15 am - 11:30 am


Virtual Only

Revolutionary 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.

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Jamaica Gilmer

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,…...

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Dare Kumolu-Johnson

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…...

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Jay Simple

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…...

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Anita N. Bateman

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.…...

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