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February Issue 2005

Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, NC, Offers Photographic Exhibits

In celebration of the Afro-American Cultural Center's 30th Anniversary, the Center will be presenting the exhibition, Women of a New Tribe II. This project features black and white photos by photojournalist extraordinaire Jerry Taliaferro, who has done a series celebrating the beauty of African American women. The exhibit is scheduled to open Feb. 4, 2005, in honor of (African American History Month) and run through Mar. 31, 2005, in honor of (Women's History Month).
Running parallel to this exhibit, the Center is introducing Windows on Another Time, featuring a collection of vintage photographs reflecting the lives of black people in the Shreveport, LA, area in the early 1900's. This collection is presented courtesy of Dr. Stephen Seabron and family of Washington, DC.
The Women of a New Tribe II exhibit features photographs from Taliaferro's personal collection and images of outstanding women from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area who were nominated and selected to be photographed for this exhibition based on their accomplishments and involvement in the community.

Taliaferro, a native of Brownsville, TN, and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, began his military service at Fort Bragg, NC, in 1981, where he served in the Special Forces. Part of his training included learning photography, which he excelled at. While serving in Germany, a local magazine was looking for pictures and opened up a public search. "I took a picture of my roommate's girlfriend, sent it in and forgot about it," says Taliaferro. The image he took was selected, and his work was published for the first time.
By the summer of 1985, Taliaferro began accepting photographic assignments from advertising and design agencies; and by 1988, after returning to theUnited States from military duty, he began his pursuit of a career in commercial photography. Over the ensuing years, his interest turned more to fine art photography. After success with a number of projects and published pieces, the concept for the Women of A New Tribe emerged.
"After photography became my stock and trade, I became enthralled by the beauty that had always surrounded me. So powerful was the beauty of African American women, that I began to photograph them and use their images in my portfolios," says Taliaferro. 

The Afro-American Cultural Center exists to promote, preserve and present African American art, culture and history for the education and enjoyment of the Greater Charlotte, NC, area.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 704/374-1565 or at (www.aacc-charlotte.org).

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