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October Issue 2003

Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC, Features Photographs of Jerry Taliaferro

The exhibition, Women of a New Tribe, a photographic study of black American women will be on view from Oct. 3 through Nov. 9, 2003, at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham NC. The exhibition which premiered at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, NC, in June 2002, is an attempt by photographer Jerry Taliaferro to show in a new light the diverse physical and spiritual beauty of a very unique group of women.

The exhibit consists of over 40 black and white large format photographs from a collection of over 200. The project began in 1998 when Taliaferro and a group of models began "building" photographs reminiscent of the high glamour photographs of 1930's and 40's Hollywood. The initial objective of the project was to highlight the diverse beauty of black American women and to allow the viewer to compare their beauty to the beauty of such great icons such as Garbo, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich and Dorothy Lamour. Eventually the range of subjects were expaned to include the black American women we see around us daily and the goal changed to highlighting not just the diverse physical beauty but also the inner beauty of the subjects.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 919/683-1709 or on the web at (www.hayti.org).

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