A Conversation with Ming Smith of the Kamoinge Workshop

Two elderly African American women, seated, wearing hats, necklaces, one is holding a picture of two young children, in front of greenery and stores ("Regal Shoes")

On Wednesday, March 24th at 7PM, The Whitney and Aperture Foundation invite you to join a virtual conversation with Ming Smith, the first female member of the Kamoinge Workshop, and Greg Tate, critic and musician, on the occasion of the publication of Ming Smith: A Monograph.

The Kamoinge Workshop’s aim was to pursue photography as an art form and to make photographs of and for the black community as they saw and experienced them – in contrast with how they were often portrayed, in art, media and popular culture.

The Whitney’s exhibit, Working Together, focuses on the group:

“Working Together is an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the formative years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of Black photographers established in New York City in 1963. ‘Kamoinge’ comes from the language of the Kikuyu people of Kenya, meaning “a group of people acting together,” and reflects the ideal that animated the collective. In the early years, at a time of dramatic social upheaval, members met regularly to show and discuss each other’s work and to share their critical perspectives, technical and professional experience, and friendship.”

The exhibit runs until March 28th.

Register for the March 24th virtual conversation here.

There’s also a session about the group on April 1st on The Whitney’s Art History from Home.

(Pictured above: Ming Smith, Amen Corner Sisters, Harlem, NY, 1976. Gelatin silver print. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund. © Ming Smith)