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IG Boston: The Democratization of Photography

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The [@IGBoston community](https://igboston.tumblr.com/membership) met to see the new IGBoston Snapshot photo gallery at BSA Space and discussed photography with three established New England photographers. Learn about their experiences and discuss the rise of social media and its impact on photography as a profession and creative outlet. This discussion complements BSA Space's temporary exhibition, IGBoston Snapshot. The exhibition is a visual narrative of the IGBoston community, captured moment by moment. Designed as an Instagram feed, the exhibition illustrates how social media inspires the artists that contribute to it. Image: Pexels.com

Lou Jones ([@loujones2008](https://twitter.com/loujones2008 "@loujones2008")) specializes in location photography for corporate and editorial clients like Aetna, Federal Express, Nike and National Geographic. He has completed assignments in 50 countries and 48 out of the 50 United States, photographing royalty and the third world, the sacred and profane. With a lifelong passion for photojournalism and social documentary, Jones has worked with institutions like Amnesty International, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, and the Barr Foundation. He has photographed jazz legends like Miles Davis, athletes like Willie Mays and Roger Clemens, celebrities Orson Welles and Matt Damon, twelve Olympic Games, and inmates on death row. Jones’s work has remained relevant, progressive and current throughout. He has mentored dozens of aspiring artists and documentary photographers. He has been an advocate for artist's business, legal and historical rights, and visual literacy in all corners of our daily lives. Recently he has embarked on his most ambitious long term works: [www.DowntownCrossingProject.photography](www.DowntownCrossingProject.photography "www.DowntownCrossingProject.photography") and [www.panAFRICAproject.org.](www.panAFRICAproject.org. "www.panAFRICAproject.org.")
Bruce T. Martin is an American fine art photographer who uses photography to document the world, explore perceptions, and question our viewpoints. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1977, he began working as a Historical Preservation photographer, using photography to help put endangered buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. His photographs are in a number of private and public collections and have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Central America. Today, along with exhibiting his fine art photography projects, he is an architectural photographer, making photographs for the nation's foremost architects, designers, and publications.
Sri Thumati is a freelance photographer and Cyanotype print maker. She has been working in the Boston area since 2003, having trained at the Maine Media Workshops and Rockport College for two years prior to that. Before coming to the United States in 2000, Sri had worked extensively as a freelance photographer in New Delhi, India. After exploring many photo subjects over the years, Sri has settled into interior and architecture photography, which she has been doing for the past 6 years. She has photographed commercial properties such as restaurants, yoga studios, offices and banks; as well as research labs and residential properties. Her primary clients are architects and construction companies.
“Mic L. Angelo” (a.k.a. “Mic Nice” “Hollywood Black” or the “Picture Perfect Poet”) is a Nigerian-American Hip-Hop artist. Inspired by the impact of the creative works of the Italian Renaissance era, Mic L. Angelo uses his name as a metaphor for the type of creativity he strives to apply to his music and other creative works. Mic’s love for music began when he was a young child living in Corpus Christi, Texas, listening to music from EMPD, Geto Boys, Rakim, and other acts from Hip-Hop’s “golden age”. The love for music transcended regions as Mic moved to Providence, Rhode Island and began his career as a freestyle battle rapper in his early teens. Mic spent his remaining teenage years battling in hip-hop cyphers and performing in shows all over the Ocean State. Mic L. Angelo moved once more to Boston, Massachusetts (the place he now calls home) to attend college at Northeastern University. Mic spent his college night-life performing on various mix-tapes and Hip-Hop shows. He was able to cultivate his growing fan base by creating music with greater sensibility to his life experiences and the world around him. Now in his post-college life, Mic L. Angelo’s maturity as a man is fully expressed through his music with confidence and composure.