Charis welcomes the dynamite husband and wife duo behind CreativeSoul Photography, Regis and Kahran Bethencourt, in conversation with Atlanta-based artist, Sierra King, for a celebration of the Bethencourts' photography book, Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty. This event is co-sponsored by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
With stunning images of natural hair and gorgeous, inventive visual storytelling, Glory puts Black beauty front and center with more than 100 breathtaking photographs and a collection of powerful essays about the children in the photographs. At its heart, Glory is a recognition and celebration of the versatility and innate loveliness of Black hair and black beauty. This glorious coffee-table book pays homage to the story of our royal past, celebrates the glory of the here and now, and even dares to forecast the future.
It brings to life past, present, and future visions of Black culture and showcases the power and beauty of recognizing and celebrating oneself. Beauty as an expression of who you are is power. When we define our own standards of beauty, we take back that power. Glory encourages children around the world to feel that power and harness it.
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Regis and Kahran Bethencourt are a husband-and-wife duo and the imaginative forces behind CreativeSoul Photography. With more than ten years of working with hundreds of children, families and brands, they specialize in child and lifestyle photography while incorporating authentic visual storytelling. As artists, CreativeSoul Photography is committed to helping kids and brands create fascinating imagery by operating as a one-stop-shop offering expert creative direction, vision, planning, strategy, and execution. They've worked with brands small and large around the globe such as Disney, Amazon, Just for Me, CurlyKids Haircare, CamilleRose Haircare and more.
Sierra King is an Atlanta-based Artist, Photographer, and Archivist. Her creative and arts administration work is dedicated to documenting, preserving, and archiving the work of Black Women Artists. Sierra holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art from Valdosta State University. She is also currently the Community Manager for TILA Studios, a visual arts incubator for Black Women Artists. In August this year, Sierra made her curatorial debut: here. there. everywhere., a multidimensional portrait of the journey towards Black Futurity that Black Women across the African Diaspora have been pursuing in the name of freedom.
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.
From Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, the dynamite husband and wife duo behind CreativeSoul Photography, comes GLORY, a photography book that shatters the conventional standards of beauty for Black children.
Featuring a foreword by Amanda Seales