Texas Isaiah and Tre'vell self portrait

Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America

19 Aug 2020 Brooklyn
Michelle V. Agins self-portrait
Photo by Michelle V. Agins

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In early June, The New York Times asked more than two dozen Black photographers to create self-portraits, whatever that phrase means to them. The collection of those photos presents an intimate perspective from artists who are motivated by their own reality. These images are both meditations on identity and serve as a visual response to the unthinkable experiences of the past year.


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Featuring: Michelle V. Agins, Miranda Barnes, Erik Carter, Kennedi Carter, Ike Edeani, Rahim Fortune, Texas Isaiah, Nitashia Johnson, Brad Ogbonna, Dana Scruggs, Gioncarlo Valentine, Andre D. Wagner, Jim Wilson

Curated by: Jolie Ruben, Sandra Stevenson, Amanda Webster

Read more about this exhibition at New York Times.


How can a photographer make a self-portrait without photographing themselves?

What are some choices photographers make in directing their self portrait? (setting, objects, color vs. b&w, framing). How does that impact the image, and your understanding of them.

Select a portrait that is most compelling for you. Why does it stand out to you, and what do you think the photographer is trying to convey?

BONUS: Make your own self-portrait and artist statement inspired by one (or a few) of the self-portraits in this project.


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