RUDDY ROYE: When Living Is a Protest

"The Gun" © Ruddy Roye
@ruddyroye on Instagram, Oct. 20, 2014

"Black Today (When Living is a Protest Series),"
Union Square, New York, NY, May 1, 2015 © Ruddy Roye

"Twenty year-old Robert Scott (When Living is a Protest Series)" 
Photograph © Ruddy Roye

“When Living Is a Protest”

Radcliffe "Ruddy" Roye (b. 1969, Jamaica) is a Brooklyn based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraits and photo-journalism photography. In his Instagram profile, he calls himself a humanist/activist and a photographer with a conscience. "Roye’s ongoing photo project “When Living Is a Protest” is potent storytelling, capturing glimpses of Black life and addressing issues of police brutality and structural inequality throughout the country in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.”

Reclamation II : Curtis Talwst Santiago and Ruddy Roye "An exhibition dedicated to issues surrounding environmental and social justice, Reclamation brings together Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Ruddy Roye and Canadian sculptor and painter Curtis Talwst Santiago around the double meanings of “reclamation”: to salvage or reclaim material and to reassert rights. Four new works debut and present eight works of Ruddy Roye’s ongoing photo project “When Living Is a Protest”.” 

November 5, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Shown here are several of my many favorite Roye images, although not necessarily in the current Brooklyn Public Library exhibition.  – EA

Photograph © Ruddy Roye
@ruddyroye on Instagram, August 29, 2014

"Richard Avedon is really why I started taking portraits the way I do. His ability to make the one picture speak like a story is the reason he is "The One," well for me anyway...."

"Forming the Circle" © Ruddy Roye
@ruddyroye on Instagram, November 3, 3018

"Dancehall is from the bowels of ghetto people. It is church, theatre, strip club, fashion show, business, seat of government and the polling station all rolled up into a nice tight spliff. ...." read more here

Ruddy Roye discusses photojouranlism with my School of Visual Arts BFA Photography students, sharing his own personal history, his beautiful black and white portraits and introducing his Jamaican "Dancehall" series. He has held teaching positions at New York University and the School of Visual Arts and lectured at Columbia University. Roye is one of the youngest members of the Kamoinge Workshop, the seminal and enduring black photography collective founded in 1963. His photography has appeared in the New York Times, TIME, The New Yorker, Vogue, Ebony, Fast Company, BET and ESPN. His work has been in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; Silver Eye Center for Photography; the Chastain Arts Center; Alice Austen House and Photoville.

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