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Finding a Voice and Community through Instagram

February 28, 2018

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Shawn Theodore

“Masked” from Shawn Theodore’s “Future Antebellum.” The project, exhibited in 2017 at the Arts Sanctuary in Philadelphia, imagines “a future African diasporan society.” Theodore says he got his first exhibitions through the curators he found among his Instagram followers.

Many photo editors we interviewed in PDN this month said they rely more on photographers’ Instagram feeds than websites to find and evaluate new work. Shawn Theodore, the Philadelphia photographer that Bloomberg Pursuits editor Leonor Mamanna found on Instagram, says the social media platform has helped him land his first museum exhibition, two commercial assignments for Apple, and the cover...

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