50 Shades of Black Announces its 2nd Open Photo Shoot


50 Shades of Black, the collaborative artistic and scholarly project exploring issues of race, sex, and identity, announces its Second Open Photo Shoot.

50 Shades of Black, having recently released its beautifully designed 120 Page Coffee Table Book is proud to announce that it will be holding its second major community engaged event on August 10, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. 

The local community is encouraged to join 50 Shades of Black on Saturday, August 10, 2013 for its 2nd Open Photo Shoot to become a part of the movement! Participants will enjoy a free photo shoot courtesy of celebrated photographer Chris Charles of Creative Silence Photography and Design http://www.creativesilence.net  

Participants will be featured on the 50 Shades of Black website as well as have their photo considered for possible inclusion in upcoming 50 Shades of Black exhibits and projects including its next published printed volume.

Founded by Carlton Mackey, visual artist and Director of the Ethics & the Arts Program at the Emory University Center for Ethics, 50 Shades of Black is committed to exploring the complex relationship between race, skin tone, sexuality, and the formation of self-identity. Through collaborations with visual artists, scholars and the general public, this project hopes to offer a deeper understanding of what diversity means. It is in the recognition of this diversity that 50 Shades of Black acknowledges the historical role that race and skin tone have played in shaping the way we engage the world, how we perceive beauty, and our own self worth.

The 50 Shades of Black Open Photo Shoot will take place on Saturday, August 10 from 1PM to 4PM at 300 East Main St, Durham, NC 27701. This event is free and open to the public. Participants must RSVP online at: http://50shadesofblack-nc.eventbrite.com.  For more info regarding the Photo Shoot, please call Creative Silence (host photographer) at 919-930-5151.

About 50 Shades of Black

50 Shades of Black is a multi-faceted platform for creating an interactive global dialogue around issues of race, skin tone, sexuality and identity. Exploring these themes through visual art, literature, curated blogs, and educational curriculums, 50 Shades of Black aims to explore the ways in which our individual experiences of race give rise to the formation of our unique and often conflicting identities. For more information, please visit: www.50shadesofblack.com


Carlton Mackey