BEUFORD SMITH: FlashPoint Boston Festival

© Beuford Smith 
"Acting Together: Photographing Black Lives” 

October 20 / 7:00 PM
Marran Theatre @ Lesley University, Boston

Part of FlashPoint Boston Festival and recipient the 2017 “Culture of Legacy” Focus Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Beuford Smith will speak about his photographic work and his role as a key figure in promoting the work of Black photographers through his role as founder of Cesaire Photo Agency and a founder and chief photo editor of the Black Photographers Annual (1973-1981). Smith is one of the great social documentary photographers that emerged from the 1960s. Smith was a founding member, and later served as president, of the group Kamoinge. In explaining this unprecedented organization, Smith said, “Kamoinge exists, as a forum of African-American photographers, to view and critique each other’s work in an honest and understanding atmosphere, to nurture and challenge each other in order to attain the highest creative level. The name comes from the Kikuyu language of Kenya, and means a group of people acting together. Its aim is to seek out the truth inherent in our cultural roots, to create and communicate these truths with insight and integrity.”

Among Smith’s work is an emotional set of photographs exploring the Black community’s anguish the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Never shying away from deep shadows, Smith allows these figures especially to be enveloped by darkness. Another series conveys the energy of jazz musicians mid-performance, with the subjects often silhouetted and blurred by movement amidst dramatic lighting. The photographer often seems to be grappling with the ideas of patriotism and heritage as he features various flags in many of his street scenes.

Speaking as part of the Focus Awards
October 20 / 7:00 PM
Marran Theatre @ Lesley University
$10 General Admission
Free for BU + Lesley Univ. Faculty + Students
34 Mellen St. at Wolfard Hall 
may be accessed via the Quad.
The theater is just past the 
Office of Public Safety Wolfard Hall

Deadline to Enter: Oct 1
October 21, 2017
Boston University
Boston University at 808 Commonwealth Avenue.
Entrance on Essex St
Corner of Essex St. x Commonwealth Ave.
The reviews are on the 4th floor.
More Info

October 22 / 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Griffin Museum
67 Shore Road,
Winchester MA 01890
$85 (includes brunch)

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