Photoville

Jun 42022
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Behind the Shutter

Black Shutter Productions

Black Shutter Productions

Behind the Shutter is a live visual storytelling event that gives Black Shutter Productions’ guests an opportunity to talk about their work and their process of making images.

Speakers: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn Keith Major Melissa Alexander Jeffrey Henson Scales

Location: Harbor View Lawn – Pier 1

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Presented by:

  • Black Shutter Productions
  • Photoville

Black Shutter Productions is a collaboration of Idris Talib Solomon and Leslie Ogoe

Black Shutter Productions is a New York City-based production company helping brands and organizations communicate to a wider, more diverse audience. We believe everyone has a story that wants to be heard — but there is a need for more diverse storytelling. Our podcast gives artists the platform to share their work and experiences as Black creators. It is a space designed for inspiration, motivation, and celebration.

Speaker Bios

  • Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

    Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

    Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is a documentary photographer and writer. She is the co-author of the independently published MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, the first anthology in nearly 30 years that highlights photography produced by women of African descent. Barrayn is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her work has been included in books like Black: A Celebration of a Culture edited by Dr. Deborah Willis, Photography, A Feminist History by Emma Lewis, and Streams of Consciousness: Bamako Encounters — African Biennale of Photography edited by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.

    Barrayn’s personal and professional projects have taken her from Minneapolis to Malaysia to Martinique to Mauritania, among many global locales where she focuses her inquiries on Black diasporic communities with a special interest in religious traditions, aesthetics and the experiences of women. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco and the Taubman Museum of Art (VA). In 2018, she was included as one of the Royal Photographic Society’s (UK) Hundred Heroines. Barrayn earned an M.A. from New York University. She is currently working on a book on contemporary Black photographers.

    Photo Credit: Alex Bershaw

  • Keith Major

    Keith Major

    New York City native Keith Major‘s love for photography and art began in his pre-teen years when he attended after-school programs at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Pratt Institute. Major specialized in photography at New York’s highly regarded High School of Art and Design, and after graduation, attended the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned his BFA. With more than 30 years of experience and a roster of A-list clients including Sony Music, Colgate-Palmolive, Essence, and Cosmopolitan, Major has achieved his childhood dreams and established a sterling reputation as one of New York’s most talented and productive commercial photographers. He is currently the photo director for EBONY.com

  • Melissa Alexander

    Melissa Alexander

    Growth and vulnerability form the foundation of Melissa Alexander’s work. In particular, she focuses on the inter-relational intimacy that exists within the African diaspora, encouraging the model and viewer to lay down their guard. Her work is her protest — her rebellion — her chance to strengthen and control the Black narrative that has been washed, overlooked, and undervalued. Currently, she is working on projects related to the evolution of the Black girl into the Black woman.

  • Jeffrey Henson Scales

    Jeffrey Henson Scales

    Jeffrey Henson Scales is a photographer, New York Times photo editor, and a New York University professor of photojournalism. He began making photographs at age 11, after his parents gave him 30 years’ worth of LIFE Magazine and a Leica camera. He has since spent more than five decades as a documentary and commercial photographer.

    His documentary photographs have been exhibited at museums throughout the United States, and have appeared in numerous photography magazines, books, and anthologies. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the City Museum of New York, the George Eastman House, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Museum of Art, the Museum of Art at Newfields, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

    Henson Scales is also an award-winning editor who curates The New York Times photography column, Exposures, and is co-editor of the annual Year in Pictures special section.

    His ongoing project is entitled The Archive Project, in which his archiving team is digitizing and cataloging over 50 years of his personal and professional photographs, including images from the upcoming book In A Time of Panthers: Early Photographs.

    Photo Credit: Chad Batka

Organizations

  • Black Shutter Productions

    Black Shutter Productions

    Black Shutter Productions is a New York City-based production company helping brands and organizations communicate to a wider, more diverse audience. We believe everyone has a story that wants to be heard — but there is a need for more diverse storytelling. Our podcast gives artists the platform to share their work and experiences as Black creators. It is a space designed for inspiration, motivation, and celebration.

  • Photoville

    Photoville

    Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.

    Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit, www.photoville.com

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