POP: A Celebration of Black Fatherhood; Featuring photography by Carol Ross
Opening Reception: October 7, 5-7pm
Wednesday, October 7 - Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Free and open to the public
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, Carol Ross always seeks the beauty beneath the hidden and never leaves a stone unturned. On her tenth birthday, her mother gave her a camera and it was then that her quest for intimacy with the world began to unfold. As both a photographer and former actor, Ross has always maintained a position in front of and behind the camera. While living in Los Angeles, she was featured in several commercial and print ads for Toyota, Lexus, FedEx, Nabisco, Frito Lay, and Chevrolet. Behind the camera Ross produced two documentaries which aired on NBC. In 2007 she released her first book entitled POP: A Celebration of Black Fatherhood. With a forward by Samuel L. Jackson, the book features fifty-one devoted fathers. Since its unveiling POP has been featured in Essence, Heart & Soul, O Magazine, Baby Talk, ABC Chicago, Oprah & Friends Radio, The Washington Post and on the cover of the Chicago Tribune, and has also been the subject of profiles in numerous newspapers and magazines including Chicago Sun Times, Advertising Age and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Ross says: “In my work I seek to challenge angles and break conventional technical rules, always searching for new ways to view and interpret the world--sometimes with humor, always with compassion."