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William Eggleston (born July 27, 1939), is an American photographer and key photography figure of the last half-century. Eggleston is often credited for singlehandedly ushering in the era of color art photography. His motivation was simple and decidedly everyday: “I had wanted to see a lot of things in color because the world is in color.” His achievement is patently more extraordinary—transforming ordinary moments into indelible images.

Renée Cox (born 1960) is an Jamaican-American artist, photographer, and curator. She currently lives and works out of New York. Considered one of the most controversial African-American artists working today, Renée Cox has used her own body, both nude and clothe, to celebrate black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and sexist.

Deborah Willis (born February 5, 1948) is a contemporary African American artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator. named among the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photography Magazine, Dr. Deborah Willis is Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University where she also has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer Trailer by Charlie Ahearn

Ask any of the OGs in and around New York City, Jamel Shabazz has earned his stripes. Taking on the task of documenting the whole grassr...

Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (born July 5, 1940, Monroe, Washington) is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed; however, he has continued to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors across the globe.

Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is an American contemporary graphic designer, and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. His work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, specifically his Barack Obama "Hope" poster. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today's best known and most influential street artists.

Lorna Simpson (born 1960) is an African American artist and photographer who made her name in the 1980s and 1990s with artworks such as Guarded Conditions and Square Deal. Her work often portrays black women combined with text to express contemporary society's relationship with race, ethnicity and sex. In 2007, Simpson had a 20-year retrospective of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in her hometown of New York City.

Magdalena Abakanowicz (born June 20, 1930, in Falenty, Poland) is a Polish sculptor. She is notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. Each of her figures is an individuality, with its own expression, with specific details of skin. Organic, with the imprint of the artist's fingers. Their surface is natural like tree bark or animal fur or wrinkled skin. Like all her sculptures also these works are unique objects.

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Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney (born 1967) is an American artist who works in sculpture, photography, drawing and film. His early works were sculptural installations combined with performance and video. Between 1994 and 2002 he created the Cremaster Cycle, a series of five films described by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian as "one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema.

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Kara Walker

Kara Walker (born 1969) is a contemporary African American artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes, such as The Means to an End--A Shadow Drama in Five Acts. In 2007, Walker was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World, Artists and Entertainers.