This was Iris McKenney’s first time to model for photographers and my first time working with a live model and students. Iris made it a delightful experience, putting the students (and me) at ease, striking one pose after another, not rapid-fire but measured, like she was in a slow-motion slide show dance. Students were encouraged to bring hats, scarves, jackets, and other garments. There were frequent wardrobe changes!
This was a five-hour workshop at the Delaware Art Museum on January 11, 2020 in conjunction with its exhibit, “Posing Beauty in African-American Culture”, curated by Deborah Willis. The exhibit explored the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media, especially photography.
Below are thumbnail images of some of my students’ work, three images by me of the class, and three images by the model. Click any one to enter a slide show. To return here, hit the ESC key on your keyboard or the “x” in the upper right of the slide show.
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