Photograph by Bobby Rogers
Photograph by Bobby Rogers

2017 was a huge year for Bobby Rogers ’14: he was featured in Afropunk, received critical acclaim for his debut show The Blacker the Berry, and gained national attention for his photography. It is only fitting that in December City Pages named him an Artist of the Year.

Rogers's body of work, including the portrait series #BeingBlackAndMuslim and Don't Touch My Hair, include large-scale portraits of regal-looking black subjects that appear both historic and futuristic at the same time. The striking photos are an act of resistance and a response to oppression—a response that shows blackness as beautiful, mystical, complex, and human.

"I want these images to restructure the inter-prejudicial mindset that a lot of blacks have of themselves of not being beautiful.” —Rogers

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