Eli Reed/ Magnum Photos
A visual compilation harvested from life-enriching travel, astute observation, and creative photography. With persistence and dedication, Magnum photographer Eli Reed pursued what he describes as a “self-assigned” project to translate artistically his encounters with Black Americans from all walks of life, in communities from across the United States, into the medium of photography. The photographs featured in the exhibition are from Reed’s signature 1996 portfolio Black in America, gifted to Eastman House in 2003 to recognize Alison Nordström’s hiring as curator of photographs. Plans are in the works for Reed to update and localize his remarkable survey by undertaking work in Rochester’s Black community.