Passing Through: Chester Higgins Jr.
CHESTER HIGGINS JR.: Passing Through
october 1, 2016 - SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
Travel through time, face cultural icons, survey infinite landscapes, and intimate rituals through the black and white photographic lens of Chester Higgins Jr.'s Passing Through presented a selection of his images captured from 1969 to 2002 in cross sections of Africa, The Americas, and Harlem. This exhibition was complemented with programming, storytelling, and art-making workshops, aimed at stimulating wonder and intercultural exchange.
aBout the artist
Chester Higgins is the author of collections of photographs that have been published under the following titles: Black Woman; Drums of Life; Some Time Ago; Feeling the Spirit: Searching the World for the People of Africa (a comprehensive look at the African Diaspora); and Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging. He has also written a memoir, Echo of the Spirit: A Photographer’s Journey, and his photographs illustrate the book Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile. Higgins’s photographs have appeared in ArtNews, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Look, Life, Newsweek, Fortune, Geo, The New Yorker, and Archaeology. His work is the topic of two PBS programs, “An American Photographer: Chester Higgins Jr.” and “Brotherman,” and has also been featured on CBS’s “Sunday Morning News, ”PBS’s “The NewsHour,” and ABC’s “Like It Is” and “Freedom Forum.”
Solo exhibitions of his photographs have been held at the International Center of Photography, the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of African Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Schomburg Center, the Newark Museum, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Field Museum of History, the New-York Historical Society, the Windows Gallery/Kimmel Center of New York University, and the Dapper Museum in Paris.