Responses to Doors of No Return.
I'm so grateful
to you for sharing your talent. The photographs are incredible, and even though
the subject matter covered the darkest parts of humanity, the exhibit left
me with a feeling of hope and pride about the endurance of humanity and the
possibility of change for the better. Thank you.
Even after having
seen the photos in your book, I was still not fully prepared to feel such
strength and the beauty in the photos as they are matted and framed. They
are stunning. They are very powerful.
I saw the exibit
and the work is fantastic. Each photograph makes me feel as if I am there
seeing exactly what you saw. Thank you for bringing this visual to us all.
Last week my
wife and I saw the exhibit at Philbrook. I'd like to say we were very impressed
and thanks for doing that show we enjoyed it so much.
Your exhibit at the Philbrook Museum of Art, Doors of No Return, was brought
to our attention recently. We'd like to learn more about it and might possibly
ask to display your photographs here in St. Louis, at the Old Courthouse.
This historic structure is part of the national park that also includes the
Gateway Arch. Part of our interpretive mission is to tell the stories of enslaved
people who passed through the courthouse in the 19th century, either because
they sued for their freedom in court or because they were sold by the probate
court at the entrance to the building. We're wondering if an exhibit of your
photographs of slave castles might help us fulfill our mission.
Caitlin McQuade Curator of Exhibits Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
We were soooooo
impressed by the exhibit. The video exhibit adjacent to the photographic exhibit
contributed another dimension. Ken & I both were deeply moved by the history
& context communicated by the photos. You are truly gifted!... I think one
of the things that really hit me was the isolation, the overwhelming desolation...for
anyone to have survived and to stir up hope...what strength & faith! And on
the flip side, I just don't know how to even begin to imagine the mindset
of the slavetraders - how could something like this ever be justified by Christian
... the photos
were haunting and thought provoking.
I thought your
"Doors of No Return" exhibit was first-rate. I wish my Africanist friends
from around the world could view it.
T. M. Vestal, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Political Science Oklahoma State University
...I am still
without words to describe those wonderful pictures. You talk about a picture
telling a story .... you guys did a wonderful job. I have been telling people
they need to go see this work. Congratulations, this is more than a gallery
of pictures it is a eye opening event to show what we are as a race.