The Black Gaze Newsletter | November 2021



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With COVID-19 backdrop everywhere, but specifically in Philadelphia the funding for arts has significantly decreased by 33% since last year. So, for this issue of The Black Gaze newsletter, I wanted highlight local Philadelphian and Tri-state area photographers as a way to amplify voices and elevate local creatives.

Work in this issue will range from portraiture and figurative photography to landscape and street and aerial photography. What inspires me most about the images you’ll see in this issue is the intimacy.
“Shoot What You Know!”; a mantra used by one of my favourite design school instructors to motivate and encourage students of photography to consider the stories that are closest to their heart.
Highlighting who’s up next in the Philly photography scene, the work brings me back to a place of curiosity, the desire to explore and hone ones craft while enjoying life and all of its human connectivity.
As Philadelphia’s creative world moves forward, I question how the state of photography with its focus on authentic stories will innovate and evolve.
Discover the work of Thomas Bond Jr
Discover the work of Sahar Coston-Hardy
Discover the work of Rich Vaughn (NSFW)
Discover the work of Don Bell
Discover the work of Byanna Bennett
Discover the work of Wave
The Capricious Photo Award
Deadline: 2 December 2021
The Capricious Photo Award is an annual international competition, granting one emerging photographer the opportunity to publish a limited edition book. The award is juried by photographers, critics and curators, with the intent to select a photographer whose work is both distinct in point of view and boldly relevant to the unfolding issues of our time.
Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant by Diversify Photo and the Pulitzer Center
Deadline: 31 December 2021 (11:59pm EST)
The Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant is a series of reporting grants for freelance photojournalists to support underreported stories told by journalists historically underrepresented in the American press. This grant is administered in partnership with Diversify Photo.
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship
Deadline: 26 January 2022
The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is a $7,000 unrestricted cash grant available to artists living in New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein.
This grant is awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period (five categories a year) and the application is free to complete. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is not a project grant, but is intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, at all levels of their artistic development.
Revolutionary Storyteller Grant
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Five recipients will receive $5000 USD to support the creation of an impactful photography project and community exhibition of the work
This grant will help shine a light on photography projects that support grassroots, frontlines movements and initiatives that have significant goals to protect Mother Earth. 
The Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant
Deadline: 1 March or 1 August 2022
The Art and Change Grant (ACG) provides grants of up to $2,500 to fund art for social change projects by women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia.
The grant is project-based and open to artists and cultural producers working in any medium, including traditional and non-traditional as well as multimedia and experimental forms.
The Colored Girls Museum Open Call
Deadline: TBC
The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honours the stories, experiences, and history of ordinary Colored Girls. 
This museum initiates the object - submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful; her object embodies her experience and expression of being a Colored Girl.
The One Wall Movement Call for Portfolios
Deadline: Not Applicable
Hi-ARTS are currently collaborating with independent art and cultural worker Ayana Ayo to curate a public art initiative working with writers, muralists, graffiti artists, and street artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), People of the Global Majority (PGM), womxn, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming.
Portfolios will be accepted on a rolling basis. The One Wall Movement plan to curate 3-4 installations in 2021-2022.
Picturing Us: African American Identity In Photography – Deborah Willis
In 18 stimulating essays, black writers, scholars and critics reflect on individual photographs-often a family snapshot-to address questions of black identity.
Still Moving - Karen Backman and Jean Ma
In Still Moving noted artists, filmmakers, art historians, and film scholars explore the boundary between cinema and photography.
The interconnectedness of the two media has emerged as a critical concern for scholars in the field of cinema studies responding to new media technologies, and for those in the field of art history confronting the ubiquity of film, video, and the projected image in contemporary art practice.
Spectral Evidence - Ulrich Baer
In this remarkable contribution to photographic criticism and psychoanalytic literature, Ulrich Baer traces the hitherto overlooked connection between the experience of trauma and the photographic image.
Instead of treating trauma as a photographic “theme,” Baer examines the striking parallel between those moments arrested mechanically by photography and those arrested experientially by the traumatized psyche – moments that bypass normal cognition and memory.
Photographing Nature While Black: One man’s quest to make green spaces less white
Dudley Edmondson shined the spotlight on African Americans in the outdoors – way before Instagram.
A Chronicler of Philadelphia’s 20th-Century Black Life
What pictures would Black photographers make in a world without White people? How would Black people present themselves to the camera if they knew that White people weren’t looking?
Photographer Russell Frederick uses his camera to change the Black American narrative
On June 1, 2020, Frederick travelled to the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis and watched mourners from all walks of life pay their respects. He made this photograph of two Black women supporting each other through the pain and loss. “I saw how we hold each other up and how we have to stay together,” he said. “There have been many George Floyds who got no justice.”
On the Depiction of Africans in Photo Contests
When it comes to photography competitions, all too often the winning images portray a version of Africa, Africans and the diaspora that fails to represent the truths of lived experience and known truths.
This image by Antonio Aragón Renuncio is no exception. having recently won £10,000 and the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021 award.
This important and timely Photoshelter article discusses this longstanding issue that plagues the photography sector. It includes a contribution from @shotbyshaun, the founder of The Black Gaze.
The Messy Truth - Conversations on Photography
Photo Director Gem Fletcher hosts The Messy Truth, a podcast dedicated to the world of contemporary photography featuring exclusive interviews with emerging and leading artists, curators and critics.
Listen in to these candid conversations that unpack photography and why it connects us all in such transformational ways.
A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks
A Choice of Weapons looks at Gordon Parks’ cultural impact through the lens of three contemporary photographers — Devin Allen, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Jamel Shabazz. Each has made a name for themselves with powerful photos. 
The documentary debuted on HBO and HBO Max on 15 November, commemorating Parks’ birthday (November 30). It’s definitely one to watch at the earliest opportunity.
Webinar Series: Archivists, Curators, and Scholars on Archiving Black Culture
The online conversation series Archiving Black Culture: Ethics and Practices of Change brought together archivists, scholars, and curators to explore the work being done to restore Black cultural presence, expand content, and reimagine access. This is the first of four videos in the series.
Black Girl Visibility: A Conversation with Nakeya Brown
Black Girl Visibility: A Conversation with Nakeya Brown
Black Girl Visibility: A Conversation with Nakeya Brown
Nakeya Brown’s work is Black Girl Visibility. Living in a time where Black womxn and girls are still rarely seen in the art space, Nakeya’s work gives light to the complexities of the Black hair experience for Black girls and womxn. Brown uses her photography to create an inclusive space for the world to be in conversation and focused on Black womxn and girls.
Memories for the Future | Live Program Compilation
This compilation features a selection of complete films and scores made by participants in the Memories for the Future workshop series.
From January to March 2021, this collaborative program between The Museum of Modern Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem offered adults, teens, and community members the opportunity to learn visual and sonic filmmaking techniques and to create their own short films focused around themes of archival repair.
Produce and promote stunning virtual events and webinars.
Produce and promote stunning virtual events and webinars.
Aline Motta
With her artistic practice, Brazilian, Aline Motta seeks to point out and fill in the gaps in her own family history as a result of colonial erasure.
Her videos, photographs, installations, and performances are based on speculative studies that mix archival research, field trips, and oral history reports, to access, nourish, and reveal parts of the past that were previously thought to be lost.
Been Seen
This outdoor banner exhibition, centres the gaze of Black photographers for whom the ordinary and the peculiarities of Black life occupy memory and is a source for exploration and celebration.
The exhibition places in conversation the work of Harlem-based studio photographer Austin Hansen (1910-1996) with six contemporary photographers: Dario Calmese, Cheriss May, Flo Ngala, Ricky Day, Gerald Peart, and Mark Clennon. Their practices explore identity, Black experiences, visual culture, and portraiture. 
  • Ends 1 December 2021
  • St. Nicholas Park in Harlem, NYC (132nd Street and 139th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue)
  • FREE
Travelling While Black: A Century of Please & Pain & Pilgrimage
Since the start of their experience in the Americas, Black people have been defined by travel, displacement, and resistance. 
Whether in the horrors of the Middle Passage or the rebellion of Maroon communities made up of escaped slaves, travel has meant much—and something much more—for Africans in the Americas. This exhibition, our first as we celebrate The New York Public Library’s 125th anniversary and the Schomburg Center’s 95th, explores over a century of travel.
  • Mondays - Saturdays, 10:30M - 5:30pm
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • No reservation necessary
Visualising Black Agency in Cartes-de-Visite (online only)
Popular in the 19th century, cartes-de-visite (CDV) are a small type of studio photograph of about 2.5 by 4 inches, mounted onto card stock, and reproduced multiple times from negatives on thin paper upon request.
This exhibition presents cartes-de-visite with Black people in 19th century America as a strategic move to counter negative and distorted portrayals of Blacks in the visual narrative of the dominant society.
The interdisciplinary artworks they produced represent thoughtful reflections on changing conditions of existence: generous invitations for us to think about what it means to be human and to care for one another.
Taryn Simon: The Color of a Flea’s Eye
A project nine years in the making, The Color of a Flea’s Eye foregrounds the Picture Collection at The New York Public Library which, since its founding in 1915, has allowed patrons to sift through its storied contents in search of visual references of every conceivable kind.
The collection includes a wide-ranging record of the country’s overlooked subjects including folk art and portrayals of African American life. 
  • Ends 15 May 2022
  • New York Public Library
  • Salomon Room, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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