Shawn Theodore Biography 

Shawn Theodore (b. 1970) is an award-winning photographer whose work blends the real and mythological as it explores African American and African Diasporic life within disappearing Black American neighborhoods. Set to the visual texture of Black life, Shawn Theodore’s photography illustrates physical and spiritual resistance to systematic oppression and creates a metaphorical connection to African legacies and traditions while doing so.  After studying art, a chance meeting with legendary New York hip hop photographer, and future mentor, Jamel Shabazz enlivened Theodore’s motivation to photograph strangers. Theodore's work finds his subjects often in candid, solitary moments, both bathed in powerful sunlight and shrouded in shadow. In Shabazz’s word the work depicts its subjects as “relevant in a world where people of color are projected as unimportant, and irrelevant.”