Evan Nicole Bell is a Program II senior and Baldwin Scholar, studying “Documenting Justice: The Role of Photographic Narratives in Activism.” She was a 2017 RIPP Documentary Arts Fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies and is a staff photographer at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Her exhibit, “black,” opens soon. Check it out in the Louise Jones Brown Gallery in the Duke University Bryan Center, January 15th through February 5th!
What does it mean to be black?
In a political climate in which many seek to divide, documentary photographer Evan Nicole Bell used her lens to show how black life is woven into the fabric of our nation’s culture. From intimate portraiture to active protest shots, “black.” provides a visual narrative of the experience of black Americans, from childhood to college, churches, physician’s offices, and everywhere in between.
“black.” emphasizes the beauty and distinction of black life while highlighting the ubiquity of black culture’s influence in everyday spaces. Each portrait tells a different story, showing that black livelihood, while unique, is not a monolith, nor does it differ starkly from the experiences of other races.
Evan’s thesis is simple: to be black is to be.