Black Lenses Matter: Shawn Pridgen

Discover the unique documentary photography of Shawn Pridgen, selected as part of an instalment of Black Lenses Matter.

By What We Seee

Misan Harriman (2020)What We Seee

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Listen to Misan Harriman share his thoughts on the importance of Shawn Pridgen's work and why he is a talent to watch. 

"Black Lives Matter!" (2020-09-23/2020-09-23) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

Born in San Clemente, California, and based now based in New York, Shawn Pridgen began his career with the outbreak of the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020. He has since published his work in Harper’s, The Guardian, Outside, and The Washington Post. 

"The people united, will never be defeated!" (2020-10-28) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

A graduate of DePaul University, in 2020 he created ShawnMPridgen LLC; a documentary photography business focused on the racial equity, and actively contributes his work to local nonprofits and activist organizations in the fight for racial justice. 

"A Black Rose" (2020-10-16) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

He is a recipient of the Tracksmith Fellowship, designed to support runners with creative ambitions, and the Directors Fellowship from International Center of Photography (ICP), where he is currently a student in the Documentary Practices and Visual Journalism Program.

"He Has Another Gear" (2020-08-23) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"Model Citizen", Shawn Pridgen, 2020-10-16, From the collection of: What We Seee
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"Sweet Agony", Shawn Pridgen, 2020-12-27, From the collection of: What We Seee
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"I Got Next!", Shawn Pridgen, 2020-12-27, From the collection of: What We Seee
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"Love is Blind" (2020-09-23/2020-09-23) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"Wade in the Water" (2020-10-28) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"Do You Hear Us Now?!" (2020-10-28) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"Out with the old, In with the new" (2020-11-07) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"This is What Community Looks Like!" (2020-06-05/2020-06-05) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"I Am My Brothers Keeper's" (2020-10-28) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"Our Ancestors Are Watching" (2020-10-28) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"Music is Power" (2020-06-12/2020-06-12) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"Church" (2020-06-12/2020-06-12) by shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

"Where Brooklyn At?!?!" (2020-06-05/2020-06-05) by Shawn PridgenWhat We Seee

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