• And Still, I Rise showcases protest and activist photographs featured in color and black and white. From the past to the present, photographers Nicole Buchanan, Builder Levy, Shoccara Marcus, and Cendino Temé collectively add to the conversation and create a portrait of our current societal climate with their camera's capturing history in the making.  They each endeavor to add to the visual dialog and conversation to make the 'voice of change' heard, creating a platform to make the change they wish to see.

  • Nicole Buchanan

    Nicole Buchanan

    Nicole Buchanan is a documentary photographer based in Atlanta, GA and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in photography. Nicole is an enthusiastic, young photographer utilizing her skills and experiences to explore innovative ways to invoke emotional insight into cultural and political events that shape our world. She believes that art can bring light to hot topics in a way that inspires real change in the world. Like photographer Gordon Parks, she uses her photography as a weapon to influence, trick, and even change the minds of others.
  • Our race plays a role in the perception of who we are whether we want it to or not. We...
    Strange Fruit, 2020

    Our race plays a role in the perception of who we are whether we want it to or not. We are constantly incorporating our identities as black men and women as we cry out loud for our voices to be heard. Experiences of underrepresentation and microaggressions that occur not only in the workplace but out in public need to be heard. Additionally, this work is a mechanism to challenge the stereotype of males being viewed as criminals and thugs, similarly how women are over-sexualized in the media. This plays into effect in racial profiling by the police and everyday society. Giving a voice to these individuals who are underrepresented and silenced is the most important thing I wanted to come across in this body of work.

    -Nicole Buchanan

  • Builder Levy

    Builder Levy

    New Yorker Builder Levy has been photographing America and beyond for more than 50 years. His social consciousness took him to significant areas of our country during tumultuous times. His commitment to aesthetically [or artistically] documenting the world around him earned him the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.

    Levy's work is in more than 80 public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art Watson Library, the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, La Bibliotheque Nationale, the Sir Elton John Collection of Photography and the Chrysler Museum of Art and Ringling Museum of Art. He is also the author of four photographic books:Appalachia USABuilder Levy PhotographerImages of Appalachian Coalfields and Humanity In The Streets New York City 1960's - 1980's.

    • Builder Levy, Love, Black Lives Matter , 2020
      Builder Levy, Love, Black Lives Matter , 2020
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    • Builder Levy, Invest In Our Youth, 2020
      Builder Levy, Invest In Our Youth, 2020
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    • Builder Levy, Juneteenth, 2020
      Builder Levy, Juneteenth, 2020
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    • Builder Levy, Cancel Trump, 2020
      Builder Levy, Cancel Trump, 2020
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    • Builder Levy, Black Lives Are Precious, 2020
      Builder Levy, Black Lives Are Precious, 2020
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    • Builder Levy, End Police Terror, 2020
      Builder Levy, End Police Terror, 2020
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    • Builder Levy, March for Climate Justice and Racial Justice, 2020
      Builder Levy, March for Climate Justice and Racial Justice, 2020
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    • Builder Levy, In Solidarity, Queer Liberation, 2020
      Builder Levy, In Solidarity, Queer Liberation, 2020
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    • Builder Levy, No Justice No Peace, 2020
      Builder Levy, No Justice No Peace, 2020
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    • Builder Levy, Harlem Peace March (No Vietnamese..) NYC, 1967
      Builder Levy, Harlem Peace March (No Vietnamese..) NYC, 1967
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    • Builder Levy, I AM A (WO)MAN, Martin Luther King Memorial March for Union Justice and to End Racism, Memphis TN, 1968
      Builder Levy, I AM A (WO)MAN, Martin Luther King Memorial March for Union Justice and to End Racism, Memphis TN, 1968
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    • Builder Levy, I Am a Man/Union Justice Now, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968
      Builder Levy, I Am a Man/Union Justice Now, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968
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  • Shoccara Marcus

    Shoccara Marcus

    “Movement captured in frame” - a phrase that best describes, performing and visual artist, Shoccara Marcus. Shoccara is self-described as, “Dancer first. Photographer second.”  Her relationship with dance started at an early age, beginning with after-school programs in gymnasiums and local dance schools, to her acceptance into the Dance program at Tri-Cities Visual & Performing Magnet High School. From plies and tendus to snapshots and photo albums, her love for dance would soon find her capturing its fluidity through a different lens. Marcus received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance, with a minor in Visual Arts - Photography and later obtained her Master of Fine Art degree in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA. Working extensively both nationally and internationally Marcus’ photography focuses on fine art, portraits, and dance and reflects the body as a delicate subject. She captures images with fluidity, creative angles, and dynamic spatial structure reflecting feelings both metaphoric and literal isolation. 

     

    Some of her accomplishments include completing SCAD's study - abroad program in Lacoste, France, as well as, showcasing work at China Jinan International Photography Biennial, Exposition des étudiants in France, Museum of Contemporary Art (Atlanta, GA), Hammonds House Museum, Lucinda Bunnen Selects at Atlanta Photo Group (APG), Gallery 72, Savannah College of Art & Design, and published along with many of Georgia's best poets and photographers inside the book, Inspired Georgia. Ms. Marcus was recently awarded the Promenade's Artist in Residence for 2019. Her fine art photography focuses on the investigation of “lived” experiences and her relation to the world around her. 

  • March happened. COVID-19…Shelter in Place… Everything Paused.
    It happened in a way that I did not have a clue of how I would make it through. I sat at home thinking about my voice and what I had to contribute as an artist. I felt weak and useless and because of the pandemic, I was afraid to leave my place. Then out of nowhere I mustard the ability to do so. I felt it was my job to use my instrument, my camera to document the story. I documented the pain, the rage of the marches, but also the solidarity it brought. I did so and I captured some of the most beautiful passionate images.
    -Shoccara Marcus
    • Shoccara Marcus, Black Joy, 2020
      Shoccara Marcus, Black Joy, 2020
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    • Shoccara Marcus, Listen Up, 2020
      Shoccara Marcus, Listen Up, 2020
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    • Shoccara Marcus, Going Live, 2020
      Shoccara Marcus, Going Live, 2020
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    • Shoccara Marcus, Peace, 2020
      Shoccara Marcus, Peace, 2020
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    • Shoccara Marcus, Voices, 2020
      Shoccara Marcus, Voices, 2020
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    • Shoccara Marcus, The Black Woman, 2020
      Shoccara Marcus, The Black Woman, 2020
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    • Shoccara Marcus, Our Tomorrow, 2020
      Shoccara Marcus, Our Tomorrow, 2020
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    • Shoccara Marcus, I Am A Man, 2020
      Shoccara Marcus, I Am A Man, 2020
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    • Shoccara Marcus, A Mother's Statement, 2020
      Shoccara Marcus, A Mother's Statement, 2020
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  • Cendino Temé

    Cendino Temé

    Cendino Temé is a first-generation Haitian-American from Miami, FL. Through his work, he seeks to expose the stories that are happening all around us but are often take for granted as one jadedly moves about from one place to another. His passion for photography stemmed from a desire to share the stories created in his mind as he observed strangers. He is captivated by the many complexities of the human spirit, particularly America's black experience. Through his photography, he endeavors to explore the intricacies of each varied moment. His camera has taken him all across the globe. His lens has captured humanity, black love, leisure, adventure, and revolution. 

     

    WHY I USE MY ART FOR THE PEOPLE
    Attending Florida State University("FSU") was a life-changing experience for me as I developed the skills and tools to articulate the nuances of black life. It was at FSU where I first learned how to organize and speak out against injustice. Through organizations like Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Student Coalition for Justice, NAACP, Dream Defenders, and the Black Student Union at Florida State University, I, alongside a powerhouse of collegiate minds, was able to bring awareness to the local and statewide injustices happening at that time. Documenting the history and front-line responders' heartfelt emotion demanding systematic change has birthed a permanent social component in my photographic repertoire. The Black Lives Matter movement's launch resonated deeply with me as the growing list of people of color dying in the hands of police or dying after being targeted for nothing more than their skin color disturbed me. Under the backdrop of an ebony starlit sky marching arm in arm with fellow revolutionaries—I found salvation in capturing the spirit and urgency of this phenomenal movement. No More Blues is an expression of a rallying cry against injustice. It is my visual interpretation of a reckoning germinated out of America's incessant racist transgressions. - Cendino Temé

  • The No More Blues series is a compilation of visual images of a 2013 protest that ignited as a direct...
    Resistance, 2013

    The No More Blues series is a compilation of visual images of a 2013 protest that ignited as a direct response to the murder of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent failure of the American legal system to hold his murderer, George Zimmerman, accountable. The Blues is the birthchild and invention of black folks living in America and came about a few years after abolishing slavery. It is the song and traumatic melodic expression of a persecuted people. No More Blues attempts to capture individuals exhibiting a crisis of consciousness through the medium of visual expression wherein the unending mistreatment, subjugation, and oppression of black people in America would no longer be tolerated or denied.

     

    The protest and series mark a vital contribution to Black lives' dialogue and their value in America and worldwide. More importantly, this series captures the zeal, tenacity, and fearlessness of young individuals conveying a message of urgent change and immediate action. Seven years after this exhibition, the American people find themselves back on the front lines of a social justice movement with the demand for eradication of a systematic virus that gives way to violence against black bodies with no accountability. At present, the justice movement is intertwined with an impending economic crisis and global pandemic, bringing clear awareness to the cultural inequities caused by racism.

    -Cendino Temé

    • Cendino Temé, Indict The System, 2013
      Cendino Temé, Indict The System, 2013
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    • Cendino Temé, Black Life Matters, 2013
      Cendino Temé, Black Life Matters, 2013
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