Shakeya Huggins, Clinton Hill

AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July

This contemporary photography exhibit documents the rising popularity of natural hair styles, especially the Afro, by Brooklyn photographer and author Michael July. July launched the initial project on, raising over $20,000 to print and distribute a 450 page coffee table book chronicling the evolution of the Afro in America. The original photographs, never before printed for gallery display, are traveling the country with much public and critical acclaim.


Over five years, July approached a variety of individuals from across the country and asked them to participate as subject models for his book. He was able to capture the crème de la crème of Afros as worn by people of virtually every shade, ethnicity, country and age group. This exhibition shows pictorially the power, beauty and glorious nature of the ‘Fro and tells the deeper “hairstory” of each of its models. This exhibition, inspired by the original book, captures the spirit and essence of the Afro today and pays homage to the historic significance of natural hair iconic voyagers, such as Angela Davis and Jimi Hendrix.

Rent this exhibit:

Contents: 35 framed color photographs; text and object labels.
Supplemental materials: Companion book, educational and promotional resources
Fee:  $5,000 plus one-way shipping
Size: various; works are 20″x 29″ to 43″x 32″
Security: Moderate
Shipping: Standard Art Shipping
Tour: May 2017 and after

Contact Lauren Wolfer at 260.422.6467 or [email protected] with your inquiries.