In 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago hosted a multi-tiered academic project led by Amy Mooney, Associate Professor of art history at Columbia College Chicago, on the under-recognized impact of African American commercial photographers working in Chicago from 1890 through the 1930s. The research project began with a public conversation between Amy Mooney and celebrated artist and photography historian Deborah Willis, and also included a scholarly workshop and two sessions at which the public was invited to share photographs and other pertinent source material. It will ultimately culminate in the creation of a ground-breaking interactive, digital exhibition and publication that will impact the history of photography. Read the press release here.
“Say It with Pictures” Then and Now: Chicago’s African American Photographers 1890-1930 is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.