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Remembering Iconic New Orleans Photographer Paul Bedou

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Cross-posted from WGNO ABC New Orleans [by WGNO Web Desk] In honor of Black History Month, News with a Twist is featuring the people of New Orleans and beyond who helped to shape our community. Paul Bedou is one of those people. Xavier University President C. Reynold Verret says Bedou was one of America’s greatest photographers who spent decades chronicling the life of black Americans, New Orleans, American presidents and HBCUs (historically black colleges and…

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Honoring Black Artists in Light and Shadow

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Cross-posted from Lens [by John Leland] To understand Anthony Barboza’s portraits, start with the photograph of Michael Jackson taken around Jackson’s 21st birthday. Mr. Barboza, who is now 73, had just finished shooting the singer in color for a magazine assignment, and he wanted to add some images for himself. He said he saw Jackson as a child, so he arranged the lighting and backdrop to cast a shadow version of the pop star with…

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Movement Veteran Dr. Doris Derby–Photographer, Archivist, Documentarian–On The Local Take

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Cross-posted from WCLK.com [by Kiplyn Primus] During the week leading up to the Martin Luther King Holiday, I spoke with Dr. Doris Derby, co-founder of the Free Southern Theater, photo-journalist, documentarian and founding Director of Georgia State University’s Office of African American Student Services and Programs.  Dr. Derby speaks about her time in SNCC  during the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. She talks about her work at Tougaloo College and the founding of the Free…

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Photographer Captures African-Americans Breaking The Silence

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Cross-posted from CBS Detroit Newsradio 950 [by Vickie Thomas] WWJ celebrates Black History Month​ featuring those who are inspiring, impacting and making a difference. Today, City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas shines the spotlight on photographer and historian Dale Rich. Rich began pursuing his passion while working as a pressman at The Detroit News. “I’ve been retired for almost 10 years and I’ve had presentations and screenings,” he said. “I do more photography because I’m chronicling…

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Nastassia Davis’ Photos Make a Statement That’s One Part Autobiographical, One Part Controversial

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Cross-posted from The Press of Atlantic City [by Pamela Dollak] At a quick and casual glance, a Nastassia Davis photograph can appear to be a light and happy image, filled with color and quirkiness, embedded with charm and panache. But linger a bit, and you’ll notice something else — that somewhat lighthearted image is telling a story and making a serious statement. Whether on a hot trending topic, race or even college debt, the means…

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Single Mother, Pioneering Photographer: The Remarkable Life of Bayard Wootten

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Cross-posted from Lens [by Rena Silverman] In 1904, a photographer in North Carolina lent a 4×5 camera to a divorced single mother. He shook his head and muttered several times that she’d “never make the grade.” One year later, he viewed her as his competitor and took back his equipment. So, Bayard (pronounced BY-ard) Wootten, who until then had supported her family by selling small paintings and drawings, went out and bought her own camera….

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Historically Speaking: A Lifetime in Photographs with Adger Cowans

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Cross-posted from the National Museum of African American History and Culture Black History Month celebrations conclude with Historically Speaking: A Lifetime in Photographs With Adger Cowans Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7–9 p.m. Curators Aaron Bryant and Tuliza Fleming will join Adger Cowans for a conversation in the Oprah Winfrey Theater featuring visuals from Cowans’ extensive photography archives. A book signing of Cowans’ Personal Vision: Photographs will follow the presentation. Tickets are free, but guests should register…

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Questions with a Pro: Hassan Abdul-Kareem

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Hassan Abdul-Kareem. ASMP wanted to take the opportunity to feature this talented photographer during Black History Month because of his position as a minority photographer, as well as his active role in supporting minority photographers in the field. Hassan is a very talented sports photographer and has built a diverse photography business for himself. Here, Hassan explains his upcoming Photographers of Color event, and some details about his experience as…

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Screenshot of interview with Delphine Diallo posted at 99U.com

How Photographer and Founder of Women of New York Went From Waitressing to Working with Chris Rock

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Editor’s Note: An interview with photographer Delphine Diallo about how she has made the most of her chance encounters. Cross-posted from 99U.com [by Jacqueline Lara] French-Senegalese photographer Delphine Diallo lives for life’s surprises. Little did she know, a chance meeting in Paris with famed photographer Peter Beard, who is known for his African wildlife shots, would come full circle, and he would become her mentor. In February 2008, Diallo received a call from Beard, and…

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A History of Seattle’s African American Community

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Cross-posted from PDN Online [by Conor Risch] A new exhibition at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) highlights the career of Al Smith, a photographer who documented the local jazz scene and the city’s African-American community in the mid-20th century. Titled “Seattle on the Spot,” after the name of Smith’s photography business, the exhibition tells the story of the photographer’s life and work, focusing in particular on the 1940s and ’50s, when Smith was…

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