PROTEST PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE TIMES OF BLACK LIVES MATTER
The Role of photography in activism with Harry Scales, OJ Slaughter and Sam Williams
In the Summer of 2020, three Boston-based Black photographers documented the biggest racial justice movement since the Civil Rights Era. They continue to capture the rich dimensions of the Black experience in a city and nation that is still reckoning with a complicated history with race.
ASMP member Harry Scales, along with rising artists OJ Slaughter and Sam Williams, come together to share their images of protests that erupted after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor while discussing what photography means in the new struggle for racial justice.
Through the lens of their experiences, they will discuss what role photography has in social justice participation; how editing impacts their story-telling, as well as what it means to bear witness to, and to document, the most important movement of our lives.
Harry Scales is a Fine Art & Editorial photographer working in New York & Boston recently graduated from the New England School of Photography’s full-time program.
Influenced heavily by photographers who’ve made their work on the streets of cities & towns, Harry continues the tradition of exploring man’s relationship with one another amid society’s grapple with time. His most recent completed project, The Clover’s Shadow, explores Boston’s neighborhood’s of color with consideration for Boston’s more commonly recognized Irish identity.
Through their work, OJ Slaughter has defied traditional constraints of photography and leads the charge to document the history of right now. By asking their subjects to choose what their story looks like, they focus on a person’s right to shape their own history and appearance on camera. A self-taught photographer, their work has been featured by Vogue Italia, Time Magazine, and the Boston Art Review as well as other prominent publications and projects.
Their work in racial justice earned them an Honorarium by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, and they have become a fixture of the Boston area artistic community.Their focus on light, movement, and color in their work lends a vibrant, living quality to their photographs that is wholly unique and empowers them to capture the true nature of today’s living history.
After their tenure as the artist in residence at Harvard Art Lab and Windy Films, they have continued their focus on racial justice and social change through actively seeking out subjects and artists of color and collaborations with people of all genders. They have been privileged to lend their skills to Hiliary Hahn, Ayanna Pressley, and The Boston Globe, and as creative director for WBUR’s Sound On Series.
Sam Williams is a professional photographer based in Boston working under the name Nine Acre Photography, a name that pays homage to his childhood home. His most recent work documenting the city’s protests has been highlighted by the Boston Globe and recognized by the community. Sam’s work celebrates the raw moments that surround the everyday, exploring natural light, emotion, and the intricacies of feeling between photographer and subject.
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