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WOMEN OF A NEW TRIBE
February 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Women of a New Tribe is a photographic study of the physical and spiritual beauty of the black American women we see around us every day.
Photographed by Jerry Taliaferro, the women portrayed represent the black woman in many of her physical and social manifestations. The subjects are from all walks of life and include the young and the old, mothers and daughters, artists and professionals. What is unique about Women of a New Tribe is its treatment of the subjects. The women were meticulously photographed in a style reminiscence of the photography of 1930’s and 1940’s Hollywood. The purpose for doing this is twofold: First, to use the drama produced by the powerful lighting to grab and hold the attention of the viewer. Second, to use the starkness of black and white images to present the viewer an unencumbered look at the souls of this incredibly diverse group of women. Rarely have black women been portrayed in such a soul-touching way. This project has been called “powerful” and “uplifting”.
Jerry Taliaferro was born in Brownsville, Tennessee. After graduating high school in May 1972, he joined the Army. His real interest in photography began in 1981 when he was posted to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for Special Forces training. While serving in Germany, his fascination with photography continued to grow and, in 1985, he was published for the first time when a Munich magazine purchased the rights to one of his images.