Photographer Jerry Taliaferro, who premiered the exhibition "Women of a New Tribe" at the Afro-American Culture Center in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., has brought the exhibit to Fayetteville, where he took photos of local women to include in the show: A UA student, a doctor, a hair stylist, a minister ... women from all walks of life. The exhibition runs through April in the UA's Mullins Library lobby.
From a press release on the show:
Taliaferro presents his subjects in the dramatic, high-glamour style reminiscent of the photography of 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. The photographs explore different themes, such as tribal beauty, portraiture and family relationships. Taliaferro explains that the exhibit’s title was inspired by hearing Toni Morrison refer to African Americans as “New World Africans” in an interview on National Public Radio. This resonated with Taliaferro who believed that “African Americans are a new people born of this new American experience.”
A native of Brownsville, Tenn., Taliaferro joined the Army in 1972 and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1977. His interest in photography began when he was posted to Fort Bragg, N.C., for Special Forces training and continued to grow while serving in Germany, where his work was first published in a Munich magazine. After returning to the U.S., Taliaferro left the military for a career in commercial photography. As his interests evolved, he turned to the fine arts. The success of this exhibit inspired the publication of Women of a New Tribe: A Photographic Celebration of the Black Woman in 2007.