As photography became more popular and less expensive over the last century, people from all walks of life began to pick up cameras to record their surroundings. Because of a history of racism and ignorance from larger, mainly white archival institutions such as museums and libraries, these records carry more weight than ever for many Black photographers who got to spend years or decades detailing the day-to-day lives of their communities.
Through the use of their respective medium, artists like Mohau Modisakeng and Mário Macilau reclaim the African narrative.
There is an avant-garde quality to Samuel’s photographs. True to his mission, Samuel utilizes whatever he could get his hands on to create his highly conceptual works.
Having spent years as a professional dancer, Djeneba Aduayom spent her life thinking about movement and the human body. After an injury caused her to rethink her life and career, she picked up a camera and began exploring the human body in another way.
From studio portraits to street documentation, Addison Scurlock's photography tells the story of early 20th century Black Americans.