Shawn Walker Harlem 117th Street Unique vintage gelatin silver print mounted on board Image Size: 9 x 13 inches, Paper size: 9 x 13 inches Signed, captioned and dated by photographer verso
Shawn Walker Harlem 117th Street Unique vintage gelatin silver print mounted on board Image Size: 9 x 13 inches, Paper size: 9 x 13 inches Signed, captioned and dated by photographer verso 

Shawn Walker

11/01/2018 - 24/02/2018

STEVEN KASHER 
515 West 26th Street 
Floor 2 
10001 New York

www.stevenkasher.com   

 
Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present the first gallery solo exhibition of founding Kamoinge Workshop member Shawn Walker (b. 1940). The exhibition surveys Walker’s evolving and wide-ranging work from the 1960s through the 1990s and proposes his importance to the photography and art of our time. Embracing and melding abstraction, surrealism, social documentary and street photography, Walker’s work challenges the myth of a singular African-American aesthetic. Each body of work marries transcendental spiritual philosophies with contemporary urban representations of African heritage.  From his 30- year study of parades to his on-going series on shadows and reflections, Walker’s work is connected to profound rituals, ceremonies and masking found in African culture.
 
Shawn Walker is an integral part of the rich history and continuing legacy of the Kamoinge Workshop, the seminal black photography collective finally having its moment in the spotlight. As a founding member of Kamoinge, Walker studied photography with Roy de Carava, Herbert Randall, Adger Cowans and Louis Draper.   Walker was the Picture Editor of the Black Photographer’s Annual from 1973 – 1980, the first annual dedicated to the work of these artists.