ART EVENT “Photo Walk in Freedmen’s Town” at African American History Research Center

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ART EVENT “Photo Walk in Freedmen’s Town” at African American History Research Center

February 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


HAPPENING FEBRUARY 17, 2024 @ 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM–Take a walk and take photos in Freedmen’s Town from the African American History Research Center with three photographers from CAMH’s exhibition THIS WAY: A Houston Group Show.

Participants are encouraged to think more deeply about visual storytelling, the ethics of photojournalism, and photographing a community while working directly with artists Colby Deal, Priscilla T. Graham, and Gem Hale.

The tour will meet and start at the African American History Research Center (1300 Victor Street, Houston, Texas 77019) before making several stops throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Parking is available at the Research Center as well. The Research Center has water fountains and restrooms available and will close at 5PM the day of the program.

This program is free, but registration is required. Participants should be over 16 years of age.

The tour requires walking through the neighborhood. Please bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable, layered clothing in preparation for any changes in the weather. Participants are welcome to bring any sort of camera including their phone to use on the tour. Please contact if you have any specific accessibility requests.

About Colby Deal: Colby Deal’s work uniquely combines street photography and portraiture, capturing the essence of family, community, and individuality. His approach transcends the traditional boundaries of photography, exploring both the psychological and physical aspects of his subjects. Influenced by his upbringing and the family photographs taken by his father, Deal has developed a deep appreciation for analog photography, focusing on capturing the immediacy of”The Now.” Lately, he has been experimenting with different techniques, playfully manipulating his photographs to add a new dimension to his work.

About Priscilla T Graham, The Visual Historical Lyricist: Priscilla T. Graham’s  preferred genre of photography is documentary because she believes that history is made and lives through people, not places, buildings, structures, organizations, or things. These are merely vehicles one uses to make history. It is through one’s actions that he or she creates his or her legacy and makes places, buildings, structures, organizations, or things touched along the way historical!

About Gem Hale: In the way of many before him, Gem Hale, has initiated a journey in photojournalism resembling Cameron Crowes, “Almost Famous,” lifestyle of the wise misfit placed in exacting point of view. The perspectives Gem shares through his lens evokes the folklores of his ancestors. Void of pretense the work communicates a language of right now. Gem’s lens shutters between timeless histories and Gen Z relevance, always finding the balance at the tipping point where we learn that what Gem is communicating through his lens is something viewers deserve to know – something and a little bit of everything that is real.


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
(713) 284-8250
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Gregory School African American History Research Center
1300 Victor St.
Houston, TX 77019 United States
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(832) 393-1440
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