This panel will convene Black photojournalists who have covered the recent resurgence in incidents of and outrage over racial discrimination nationwide.
Moderators: Whitney Richardson
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This panel will convene Black photojournalists who have covered the recent resurgence in incidents of and outrage over racial discrimination nationwide. Their accompanying personal narratives and investment in the issue have only strengthened the power and reach of their imagery. Together they will discuss the Black image in contemporary media, as well as their mission and challenges as Black image-makers.
Devin Allen was called away on assignment and will not be joining us in person. He will do his best to connect with us through video conference.
Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed international photographic artist who portrays large-scale works that combine a wide-range of knowledge of contemporary culture. She is known for her works, “#1960Now” and “Suburbia,” as well as Young Americans, and Plastic Bodies.
Bright is the author of “#1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter Protests,” published by Chronicle Book. The work is a feature in the New York Times. She has also appeared in the 2016 feature-length documentary film “Election Day: Lens Across America.” Her series have been exhibited at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, and the Leica Gallery in New York.
Bright is the recipient of several nominations and awards. Recently, she has been awarded the commission at the High Museum of Art for Picturing the South. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, to name a few: the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Microsoft Art Collection in Redmond, Washington, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ruddy Roye is a Cleveland-based documentary photographer known for his coverage of race relations in America and the diaspora at large. He has over fifteen years of experience and specializes in editorial and environmental portraiture as well as photojournalism.
Whitney Richardson is an intermediate photo editor at the New York Times. She is also a writer and producer for the New York Times’ photo blog, Lens. While working at the New York Times, Ms. Richardson helped to launch a redesign for the Lens website, as well as almost doubled the photo department’s social media traffic in her first year. This year, she served as a co-producer for the 2015 New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by the New York Times’ Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.