In our first Field Notes episode, we leave the studio and interview photojournalism seniors from the Baltimore School For The Arts who sat down for a candid talk about the future of the industry.
This week we talk with Webster Phillips, III, about continuing a family legacy photographing Black life and culture in Baltimore.
Webster Phillips,III, comes from a family of photographers whose collective work spans close to 70 years. Philips Grandfather, Henry Phillips, Sr. , and father, Irving H. Phillips, Jr., were prolific photographers in their own right, and now Phillips continues the three generation tradition of documenting life in Baltimore through photography.
Correction: Phillips mentions the book I Dream A World, which is not by Deborah Willis but by Brian Lanker, and edited by Barbara Summers.
What does it mean to rediscover your hometown through photography? How can photography be effectively used as a tool for activism? Shan discusses how she uses imagery to redirect a narrative of Baltimore and it’s people.
Shan is an award-winning photographer, writer, and freedom fighter from East Baltimore. Merging her journalism degree from Bowie State University with her love for photography, Shan’s work focuses on the experiences, identities and struggles of black life. Instagram.