From Tulsa to Minneapolis

Panel Discussion and Slide Show:

From Tulsa to Minneapolis: Photographing the Long Road to Justice

Wednesday, June 30, 7:00–8:30 pm Eastern

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Photo by Lisa DuBois

Panel discussion and slide show of submissions to Call for Entries.

Panelists include Joshua Rashaad McFadden, Tara Pixley, Eli Reed, and Jamel Shabazz
Moderated by Lisa DuBois

On the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, SDN will present a special event on Wednesday, June 30 featuring a panel with Black photographers who have documented the ongoing struggle for equality, recognition, and racial justice in America.

Also included will be submissions to a Call for Entries from Black photographers on the theme "From Tulsa to Minneapolis: Photographing the Long Road to Justice."

Donald Black Jr. received Best-of-Show award for his project A Day No One Will Remember. You can view his project on the SDN website here.  

One hundred years ago, mobs of white residents of Tulsa attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, resulting in the single worst incident of racial violence in American history. A 2001 state commission examination of events gave several estimates of deaths, ranging from 75 to 300. No one has ever been held accountable for the massacre.

Ninety-nine years later, on Memorial Weekend 2020, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt his knee on the neck of George Floyd's while he was facing down and handcuffed. Nearly nine minutes later, after pleading with Chauvin that he could not breath, George Floyd died of asphyxiation. What followed was massive and sustained demonstrations for racial justice in America and other parts of the world. Nearly a year later on April 20, Chauvin was convicted of murder, and is now awaiting sentencing.

This hundred year period includes the Civil Rights Era, the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and so many other Black victims of police violence and racial injustice. Many of these events, large and small, have been photographed by Black photographers.



Joshua Rashaad McFadden, credit TJ TonesJoshua Rashaad McFadden is a visual artist and assistant professor of photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Elizabeth City State University and a Master of Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design. His work primarily explores African American male identity, masculinity, notions of the father figure, and the photographic archive. His practice provides a frame of reference that articulates the many personalities of Black men. McFadden also focuses his lens on social justice issues such as police brutality and has documented protests across the United States. McFadden was named one of the top emerging talents in the world by LensCulture and received the first place International Photography Award (IPA) for "After Selma," a series that conveys McFadden's response to numerous recent incidents of police brutality. He also won the first place IPA award in 2016 for "Come to Selfhood," a project examining African American manhood. In 2017 McFadden was recognized as one of Time Magazine's "American Voices" and received the Duke University Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award for Documentarians of Color. McFadden won the 2018 Communication Arts Award of Excellence for his "I Am A Man" series with Smithsonian Magazine. McFadden has been published in The New York Times Lens, New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Slate Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Smithsonian Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Financial Times. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as the George Eastman Museum and Fotografiska New York, and he teaches workshops nationally and internationally. Photo credit: TJ Jones.

Tara PixleyTara Pixley, Ph.D. is a photojournalist and photo editor based in Los Angeles with two decades of experience in visual journalism. Dr. Pixley was a 2016 Visiting Knight Fellow at Harvard University's Nieman Foundation for Journalism and is a 2020 awardee of the inaugural World Press Photo Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative. Her writing and photography have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Newsweek, ProPublica, HuffPost, Nieman Reports, ESPN Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and CanonPro, among many other publications. Her personal photographic and scholarly work rethinks visual representations of gender, race, class, and sexuality in image-making. She is a co-Founder and Board Member of Authority Collective — an organization dedicated to establishing equity in visual media — and she is currently working on a book chronicling the move to decolonize the visual journalism industry.

Eli Reed joined Magnum Photos as a full member in 1988. He was elected to Magnum International Foundation in 2018 and is now on the Magnum Board of Directors. In 2005 he became a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and in 1982/83 he was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow majoring in History of War, Central America, Japan, economics, politics, fiction writing workshop, and script writing. Reed has judged the contests of National Press Photographers Association, POY, & CPOY, Department of Defense Military Photographer of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and Getty Documentary Photography Grant competitions. He is an Inaugural member of Pictures of the Year International board of advisors sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism and a member of Afro American photographic legendary cooperative, Kamoinge. Currently Reed is involved in writing, and photography book projects. 

Jamel ShabbazJamel Shabazz is best known for his iconic photographs of New York City during the 1980s. He has authored 10 monographs, and contributed to over three dozen other photography-related books. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his work is housed within the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Fashion Institute of Technology, The Gordon Parks Foundation and the Getty Museum. Over the years, Shabazz has instructed young students at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Expanding the Walls” project, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture “Teen Curators” program, and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. He is also the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks award for his commitment to documentary photography. Shabazz is a member of the photo collective Kamoinge. As an artist his goal is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture. 
Photo of Jamel Shabazz by Michael McCoy.



Lisa DuBoisChair, From Tulsa to Minneapolis

Lisa DuBois is a New York-based ethnographic photojournalist and curator. Her work focuses on subcultures within mainstream society. Her widely collected work on Black subculture in New Orleans is a demonstration of her deep love for history and tradition. She has exhibited her work both internationally and domestically, including at the Schomburg Cultural Center for Research in Black Culture, and at the Gordon Parks Museum in Fort Kansas. She has been interviewed on BronxNet, Nola TV, and Singleshot about her work. Lisa received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a degree in Metaphysical Science at the University of Metaphysics. As a freelance photographer, she has contributed to several major news publications and stock photo agencies including Getty, Post, and the Daily News. Lisa has been recognized by the Guardian and the New York Times for her work as a photographer and curator for X Gallery.  Her most recent project as creative consultant and curator for ArtontheAve helped to launch the first socially distanced outdoor exhibition along Columbus Avenue in New York City . Lisa is a member of Enfoco and a contributor to Social Documentary Network and Edge of Humanity magazine. Photo of Lisa DuBois by Eduardo Duarte.


Call for Entry Jurors
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
Lisa DuBois
Anthony Barboza
Eli Reed
Jamel Shabazz



Donald Black Jr.
Brian Branch Price
Titus Brooks Heagins
Sean Josahi  Brown
Lisa DuBois
Imari DuSauzay
Iyana Esters
Collette Fournier
Jonathan French
Cheryle Galloway
Terrell Halsey
LeRoy Henderson
Kay Hickman
Shoun Hill
  Raymond  Holman, Jr.
Kevin Jones
Burroughs Lamar
Khary  Mason
Joshua Rashaad McFadden
Thaddeus Miles
Deja  Nycole
Tara Pixley
Kenechi Unachukwu
Reece Williams
Teanna Woods Okojie
Eva Woolridge
Michael Young