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Fresh Johnson, Robert Fogarty & Katie Godkin Morales. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Dear World

Dear World is in Orlando interviewing and taking portraits of people affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting. The photography project got started in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Producer Katie Godkin Morales and storyteller Fresh Johnson explain the combination of words and imagery that make the project unique.
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Ms. Emma with her grandson at their home in Eatonville. Photo: Black Florida, Johanne Rahaman.

SPOTLIGHT: Photo Archive Captures Narratives, Nuances of Black Florida

Working class central Floridians like Ms. Emma have become the striking figures in Rahaman’s visual archive that has gained national acclaim. The project, called Black Florida, captures the lives of black men and women in Florida’s rural towns and bustling cities. Rahaman, has traveled from Miami to Fort Pierce, Palatka and West Palm Beach with one vision: to capture the lived experiences of ordinary working class black folks. Nowadays she is spending more time in Eatonville.
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Image by Jamel Shabazz, “Rude Boy from Back in the Days,” 1980.

SPOTLIGHT: A Visual Ode to Black Life and Culture Travels to Orlando

Poignant and complex images, large and small—in color and in black and white—are interspersed neatly on the walls of the spacious Snap! Gallery in downtown Orlando. A collage of fashion shots from the iconic Jet magazine greets visitors; other images capture men standing proudly and women leaning in gracefully in aprons, fur stows and silk robes. It is a breathtaking visual ode to black bodies as objects, political tools, and works of art.
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