The Black Fatherhood Photo Project was birthed out of a desire to empower and uplift the positive image of African-American men so often left out of mainstream media. African American fathers have long been stereotyped as being absent in their children’s lives. But a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention report on father-child involvement, found that Black fathers are more involved than Latino, white and other fathers.
It is my desire to select 20 fathers in the St. Louis region for the initial cohort, and display these pictures in a local gallery. I am only charging these fathers $8.46 for the session, normally $250. I cannot do this work alone, and will need your support. Please consider a donation to help me with gallery rental space, photo print enlargements, photography equipment, and editing! You can use the link above to make a donation.
Foremost, thank you to everyone that has donated so far and have shared this campaign on social media! To date, we have raised $1,091.00 for the project! Thank you for helping bring my vision to life! These initial donations will cover about half the cost for photographing, printing, and framing the fathers in St. Louis so that they are gallery ready. We have been approached by two local galleries in St. Louis, and are waiting to hear back from the Contemporary Arts Museum.
So what now?
Over the next several months, I plan to capture Black fathers with their children throughout the U.S. The next leg will span the mid-west region visiting Minneapolis, MN (George Floyd & Philando Castile), Kenosha, WI (Jacob Blake), Louisville, KY (Breona Taylor) and Cleveland, OH (Tamir Rice & Tanisha Anderson).
If I reach my fundraising goals, I can capture fathers in the cities that have gripped our hearts in recent years due to the untimely deaths of so many such as Stephen Clark, Gabriella Nevarez, Botham Jean, Alton Sterling, Freddy Gray, and Michelle Cusseaux.
How can you help?
1. Donate to this campaign and share it online via social media and/or email network inviting others to donate.
2. Connect me with your contacts in the cities listed above who may be interested in helping me carry out this work.
Where will my money go?
My biggest expenses are printing and framing costs. Gallery printing and framing is averaging between $125-$175 per photo. For example, the fathers in St. Louis alone could cost about $2,500-$3,500 in enlargements, prints, and frames.
Next there are travel costs to visit each city. My plan is to start in places I can drive to save some funds upfront and hit as many cities in one leg. So, I will spend 48-72 hours in each city. I am averaging these costs at $500-$650 per city which will include housing, food, and gas.
Gallery costs to host the final project $4,000-$7,000.
Finally, I would love to purchase new camera equipment, lighting, and software. The costs of a new camera body, lenses, lighting, and software will be $3,500 total.
Examples of your giving:
$150 Gift – Pays for printing and framing costs for one father
$250 Gift – Could pay for editing software or lighting equipment
$500 Gift – Pays for the session fee for 10 fathers
$1,000 Gift – Covers all the costs of visiting one of the next cities including marketing and photography space
P.S. I am excited to announce that our project will be featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Thursday, September 3, 2020. Check your local listings for showtimes.
St. Louis Post Dispatch Coverage: https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/black-artists-fight-black-fathers-stereotype-with-white-america-finally-paying-attention/article_9fe05d54-54c6-5a9f-b38e-ef0f8f88a789.html
Huffington Post Canada: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/black-fatherhood-photography-project_ca_5f10aefdc5b6d14c3364f83a?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGS5nuEJrrJ6Lvj2qhCUyzVMav-o349W4zVvG_Llzb4-pTs3wz2YltInOqLzD0lBie5NduvSJekBcRYu-3IB_12fldjbb7wJLekTNm3uHhKy5zovkYVPIbOIt-sAnag4UHPJujOSf8VmDCzsKRi2CrlUY_ajP_E7egbC8amRKCKZ