Accra Shepp was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the midst of the Black Power movement and the cultural change of the 60s. He is a photo-based artist whose work has explored our relationship with the natural environment as in his 2014 solo exhibition at the Queens Museum, which looked at the more than 40 islands making up New York City.
In September of 2011, news of a protest happening on Wall Street drew him to Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Immediately struck by the energy and earnestness of the protesters, along with their focus and organization, Shepp decided that he had no choice but to document events as they unfolded.
Nearly a decade later, while under lockdown from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), he began to document the pandemic. Accra's neighborhood was one of the most affected areas in New York City. And over time, as the virus changed, so did its effects within the community. The contagion led to a lockdown, which gave rise to mass unemployment. From the unemployment came hunger, which led to food pantries and food lines. And then it changed again. The murder of George Floyd triggered spontaneous mass protests not just in the United States, but globally. Each of these stages is a section in his latest work The Covid Journals: Contagion, Hunger, and Justice. It is selections from this third section, Justice, that serves as the final chapter of this book Radical Justice: Lifting Every Voice. Shepp lives and works in New York City.
Convoke X ICP PhotoBook Fest21 - 22 May 2022CONVOKE @ ICP PHOTOBOOK FEST May 21-22, 11-7pm Presented in partnership with The Photography Show: Presented by AIPAD, ICP Photobook Fest will include leading photobook...Read more
Convoke x The Art Institute of ChicagoAccra Shepp in conversation with Sean Corcoran 26 Apr 2022Accra Shepp in conversation with Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York Tuesday, April 26, 2022...Read more
Convoke x 10x10 Photobooks SalonSalon #57, Accra Shepp 21 Apr 2022April 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm EDT Join us for an in-person salon with photographer Accra Shepp discussing his new photobook, Radical Justice:...Read more
Accra Shepp x Dread Scott, New York UniversityArtist Accra Shepp in Conversation with Activist and Artist Dread Scott 19 Apr 2022ZOOM TALK Accra Shepp discusses his new book, Radical Justice: Lifting Every Voice with artist and activist Dread Scott. Accra's book brings together two bodies...Read more
Radical Justice x The SVA Theatre NYC1 Apr 2022Photographer Accra Shepp discusses his work with feminist activist, scholar, author, and contributing Critic at Large for The New York Times, Salamishah Tillet on the...Read more