Henry Clay Anderson, (1911-1998), Motorcycle Riders, c. 1960

I love attending Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Arts whenever I get a chance because great artwork is always on display.  Duke is located in the heart of Durham, North Carolina–a central hub for black culture and history. Therefore, the Nasher always display great exhibits of African American artists. Here are a few photographers that are on display.

Dawoud Bey, (b. 1953), A Boy in Front of the Loews 125th Street Movie Theater (from the Harlem USA series), 1976

I saw this image by Dawoud Bey a year ago and immediately fell in love. In fact, I have a replica of it on my bedroom wall. I love the element of cool the young boy conveys.  His pose seems natural to me. This image is a part of Bey’s series, Harlem, USA.


Roy DeCarava, (1919 – 2009), Graduation, New York, 1949



Hank Willis Thomas, (b. 1976), and Kambui Olujimi, (b. 1976), Winter in America Series: Looking Through the Fence, 2006.


Howardena Pindell, (b. 1943), Video Drawing: Boxing Series, 1973-76

The cool thing about Howardena Pindell’s photo is that she took this image of a boxing match on television; hence the blurriness and pixelated image. To make the image interesting, Pindell draws on her television with markings of arrows and numbers, which alludes to some value of information.

Xaviera Simmons, (b. 1974), Session Four: Thundersnow Road, 2010

Xaviera Simmons is an artist, musician, and photographer that deals with themes of history, race, and identity—all subjects that are interest of me.  She is definitely an artist I will look into further.

Mickalene Thomas, (b. 1971), Lovely Six Foota, 2007

Mickalene Thomas is another artist I want to learn more. She is usually known for her colorful paintings of women and beauty. I also love her photographic portraits such as this one. Her images always give us a blast from the past as though we stepped into a 1970s movie set. And I love it.