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Working Together: The Photographs of the Kamoinge Workshop

Presented by Cincinnati Art Museum at Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati OH

Feb 25 2022
May 15 2022
Working Together: The Photographs of the Kamoinge Workshop

Working Together is the first major museum exhibition about the groundbreaking African American photographers’ collective, the Kamoinge Workshop.

Working Together is the first major museum exhibition about the groundbreaking African American photographers’ collective, the Kamoinge Workshop. More than 150 photographs by fifteen of the group’s early members—Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowans, Danny Dawson, Roy DeCarava, Louis Draper, Al Fennar, Ray Francis, Herman Howard, Jimmie Mannas Jr., Herb Randall, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith, Shawn Walker, and Calvin Wilson—form a significant and overdue appreciation of Kamoinge’s layered and expansive history.

Founded in New York in 1963, the group chose their name from the Gikuyu language of the Kikuyu people of Kenya. Meaning “a group of people acting or working together,” the word kamoinge captures a central commitment to community and collective action. In weekly meetings, members shared work and engaged in incisive conversation about their personal artistic goals and the meaning of their endeavor as a group—including youth mentorship and the creation of exhibition spaces and publication platforms for Black photographers. In a diverse range of personal styles, they produced artistically superlative, formally inventive imagery dealing with human relationships, political life, the cultural scene, and the notion of global Black experience.


This special exhibition is ticketed, with discounted rates for students, seniors and children. One ticket will also grant admission to the concurrent special exhibition David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History. Free for Cincinnati Art Museum members. Buy tickets at the desk or purchase online in advance.

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    • Assisted Listening System
    • Low Vision
    • Sign Language
    • Wheelchair Access

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Tours may be conducted in English, French, Spanish,

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