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Click! Photography Festival Keynote Lecture: Portraiture as Political Struggle

  • Dates: 10/10/2021
  • Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art- SECU Auditorium
  • Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Times: 1-2pm
  • Admission: Free; registration required


The social uses of photography, especially portrait photography, have become commonplace, making it easy to miss the powerful significance of photographing people who are typically left out of the story. Bringing these stories of representation into public spaces is a key artistic motivator for keynote speaker Titus Brooks Heagins and will be one of the topics of his artist talk.

Heagins’s work continues to profess the importance of the portrait as not simply a product of brief encounters between himself, his cameras, and various sitters but as instances of truth. His photographs are representations of lives lived that are often intentionally hidden within social, economic, and judicial structures.

The lecture is preceded by a slide show of artist submissions for Persevere, an outdoor exhibition and projection event in the Museum Park that is part of the Click! Photography Festival.