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Photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden to lecture, have book signing February 9

ISSUED: 27 January 2023

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Explore and celebrate Black life in the United States through the eyes of photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden on Thursday, February 9. He will give a lecture from 10:15-11:30 a.m. in the Marinoff Theater at Shepherd University and a reading from his book, “Joshua Rashaad McFadden: I Believe I’ll Run On,” from 5-6 p.m. at Four Seasons Books, 116 West German St., Shepherdstown. McFadden’s visit is sponsored by Shepherd’s College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities; Bachelor of Fine Arts program; and Office for Diversity and Equity.

McFadden’s photography explores themes related to identity, masculinity, history, race, sexuality, and the exploration and celebration of Black life in the United States.

McFadden has mastered a wide range of photographic genres—social documentary, reportage, portraiture, and fine art—and has used the medium to confront racism and anti-Black violence. His work includes a series of impactful photographs devoted to the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.

McFadden is an assistant professor in the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. His book was published by Yale University Press in association with the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York, in conjunction with his first solo museum exhibition.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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