Shawn Theodore

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  • Contemporary artist
  • Writer
  • Photographer

Shawn Theodore (born in 1970 in Germany) is a Philadelphia contemporary artist, writer and photographer. Theodore came into public view after photographing a portrait of poet Amanda Gorman in 2018.[1]

Theodore's works have been exhibited at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Mennello Museum of American Art, The Barnes Foundation, Steven Kasher Gallery, AIPAD, The Bakalar & Paine Gallery, Snap! Orlando, PRIZM Art Fair[2], Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and the University of the Arts among others. [3]

His work focuses on a variety of genres within the context of Blackness.[4] In 2020 an illustration by Theodore was used in the February 2020 issue of The Atlantic.[5] In 2019 Theodore was published in the New York Times for an article he wrote titled, "What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019," which also included his photography and original artwork.[6] In 2016 Theodore shot a cover for Smithsonian Magazine, a special edition issue titled, "Black In America". [7],The Atlantic[8] [9]

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