EARLIE HUDNALL, JR.
Exhibition Dates: February 21 - May 9, 2015
Artist reception: Saturday, February 2
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Earlie Hudnall, Jr. is one of the most notable African American photographers living and working today. He is celebrated for his extensive documentation of the African American neighborhoods in Houston, Texas.
In 1968, after serving as a Marine in Vietnam, he enrolled at Texas Southern University, where he studied art under the direction of John Biggers, who became a great friend and mentor. During his time at TSU, he was hired to be a photographer for the Model Cities Program, part of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty initiative. This project introduced him to the various communities of Houston such as the Fourth Ward, Fifth Ward, Trinity Garden and the Hispanic neighborhoods.
Both his father and the artist, John Biggers, recommended that Earlie create art that draws on his life experiences. This is what he continues to do to this day. His photographs capture life as it is. He travels through neighborhoods documenting kids playing in the streets, women at church wearing elaborate hats, mothers hugging their kids, July 4th parades. Children and the Elderly are his favorite subjects, a look into the past and the future. (Modified from PDNB Gallery Press Release)
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Earlie Hundnall, Jr.
Hip Hop, 1993
Courtesy of PDNB Gallery