Wyatt Gallery, ‘#50C:9-367-9’, 2014, Foley Gallery

About Wyatt Gallery

Photographer Wyatt Gallery works in the U.S. and Caribbean, capturing images that feature underrepresented populations affected by natural disasters. While Gallery follows in the tradition of the iconic American documentary photographers Dorothea Lange and Mary Ellen Mark, he extends the genre by often abstracting his images, taking an almost painterly approach to his subjects. Gallery has been widely recognized for his activism, and his work has been shown at major institutions like the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and featured in mainstream publications like the New York Times.

American, b. 1976

About Hank Willis Thomas

Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas uses photography to explore issues of identity, history, race, and class. Inspired by the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and his mother, photographer Deborah Willis, he employs language and familiar imagery to address issues that are often overlooked in our pop culture-obsessed, consumerist culture. Appropriated print advertisements from 1968—a landmark year in the Civil Rights Movement—are stripped of their context to open up questions of cultural stereotypes and the way the media perpetuates them, while in the series “Branded” he inverts the work, adding contemporary ad copy to provocative images. “In recent years I have approached my art practice assuming the role of a visual culture archaeologist,” Thomas has said. “I am interested in the ways that popular imagery informs how people perceive themselves and others around the world.”

American, b. 1976, Plainfield, New Jersey, based in New York, New York