Photographs by John Simmons ASC cinematographer/photographer and Frank Stewart photographer.
These life-long friends both started taking pictures in their early teens, dedicating decades to telling stories through the lens of a camera. Their individual style and vision combines a wealth of work spanning decades.
The 3 times nominated and Emmy award-winning John grew up in Chicago. His first solo exhibition It Started in The 60’s took place in Los Angeles in 2016. The legendary Bobby Sengstacke, was one of his mentors teaching him photography, starting work at the Chicago Defender newspaper at age 16, the paper was considered the most important newspaper of what was then known as the “Negro press”. John sits on the board of the American Association of Cinematographers and with a career spanning 40 years he is noted as amongst the top in the USA.
Frank grew up in Chicago and New York and his life in the music and art world gave him the opportunity to see and share culture through a visual style of his own. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, attending the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA in photography from Cooper Union in New York. he has had several one-man and group shows that include High Museum, Cooper Union Gallery, Washington Project for the Arts, Studio Museum in Harlem, the International Center of Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Exhibition dates: Sunday 4, June 2017 to Saturday 29, July 2017 Where: Wilmer Jennings Gallery Address: 219 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009, USA. Phone: +1 212-674-3939
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This is a show worth seeing–Simmons & Stewart make a seamless team in telling the story of life through the lens of stellar african-american artists. Sublime and full of the richness of black lives, which have always mattered to this duo. Give yourself the experience of taking in this awe inspiring life work by friends who have remained true to their craft.