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hester Higgins Jr.

is the author of the photo collections Black Woman, Drums of Life, Some Time Ago and 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. A memoir, Echo of the Spirit: A Photographer’s Journey, was published in 2005 by Doubleday. Higgins Jr. has been a staff photographer for The New York Times since 1975. His photographs have appeared in ArtNews, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Look, Life, Newsweek, Fortune, The New Yorker, Ebony, and many others. His work is the subject of two PBS films, “An American Photographer: Chester Higgins Jr.,” and “Brotherman,” and his one-man exhibitions have appeared at numerous art institutions, including the International Center of Photography, the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of African Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Schomburg Center, the Newark Museum, and the National Civil Rights Museum. He is the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Center of Photography, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation (ICP).


Interview with photographer Chester Higgins on lessons learned from life and career.

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