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Photographing Black Life

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Cecil McDonald, Jr. is trying to right what he sees as a representational wrong: depictions of black people as either victims or heroes. His award-winning photographs focus on capturing the “extraordinarily ordinary” contours of black life. His debut monograph In the Company of Black, depicts artists, business owners, and teachers conducting their lives in the spaces they have created for themselves. McDonald is joined by famed photographer Dawoud Bey for a probing presentation of the way photography can diminish or enhance our experience of others.

A book signing will follow this program.

The annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member and distinguished art dealer Richard Gray. This program is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago.

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