Photographer Nitashia Johnson will discuss her project, The Beauty of South Dallas.
Both the people and the land of South Dallas are beautiful. Many of the older buildings represent the struggles some people have faced growing up here, and, to me, that defines strength. Many areas within South Dallas are being developed, and I fear gentrification. My goal was to capture the current South Dallas before the future arrives because the people and places of today’s South Dallas are quite beautiful and unique indeed.
Nitashia Johnson graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2008 and became a 2012 alumnus of Texas Woman’s University with a BFA in Design Communication. She is a first-round Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence.
She created The Self Publication, a photographic series created to uplift the black community while dismantling harsh stereotypes associated with the culture. I am also the creator of The Smart Project, a creative after-school program for artistic teens.
An independent multimedia artist who loves collaborating with fellow artists, she has an unwavering passion for design and photography. She is an alumnus of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art & Design Education program at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently working as a full-time graphic designer and portrait photographer and developing a community-based media arts program for high-creative school teens.