Thursday, January 23, 2014


Go + See
Louis Draper
January 10 - February 20 2014
Candela Books + Gallery
214 West Broad Street

Richmond VA 23220

In 1958, Draper moved from his hometown, Richmond, Virginia to Harlem to study photography. In those early years he photographed all over the streets of New York with a compassionate and discerning eye for the social conditions of the time, as well as quietly observing the nuances of mid-century city life.

Boy playing ball
Kool, man with hat
Graffiti silhouette
Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi, 1971
Garment worker
Boy with paint splatter
Draper was a founding member of the seminal black photographers’ collective originally named the Kamoinge Workshop, formed in 1963, which included Roy DeCarava as its first director. Other notable members of Kamoinge over the years: Ray Francis, Herb Randall, Al Fennar, Jimmie Mannas, Shawn Walker, Tony Barboza and Beuford Smith. Kamoinge and its photographers were featured in an important 1966 Camera Magazine issue, focused on Harlem and the increasing urgency of race relations in the United States at that time.

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This exhibition is taking part in Race, Place and Identity, a collaboration of Richmond organizations highlighting Civil Rights and Social Justice.

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