'Songs of My People: 25 Years' opens at Dillard University Dec. 9 as part of PhotoNOLA

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This photo by Ruddy Roye is part of “Songs of My People: 25 Years,” an exhibition at Dillard University featuring 18 contemporary photographers. - PHOTO BY RUDDY ROYE
  • PHOTO BY RUDDY ROYE
  • This photo by Ruddy Roye is part of “Songs of My People: 25 Years,” an exhibition at Dillard University featuring 18 contemporary photographers.

The 12th annual PhotoNOLA photography exhibition kicks off this weekend at galleries, museums and alternative spaces around the city, and “Songs of My People: 25 Years" — a collection of works by African-American photographers and visual journalists — opens at the Dillard University Art Gallery Dec. 9.

The curator is Imani Cheers, an assistant professor of media at George Washington University, and the daughter of photographer D. Michael Cheers, whose work was included in a 1992 exhibit, “Songs of My People," which featured 50 black photographers.

“New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the world specifically because of the rich culture, art, music and history," Imani Cheers said in a statement. "It was incredibly important to bring the exhibition to this iconic city and to host it at Dillard University."

Ellis Marsalis (left) and his son Delfeayo Marsalis in a photo that's part of "Songs of My People." - PHOTO BY L. KASIMU HARRIS
  • PHOTO BY L. KASIMU HARRIS
  • Ellis Marsalis (left) and his son Delfeayo Marsalis in a photo that's part of "Songs of My People."

Photographers in this exhibit include Jamel Shabazz, L. Kasimu Harris, D. Michael Cheers, Deborah Willis and Ruddy Roye.

An opening reception Dec. 9 runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. "Songs of My People" will be on view 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (closed Dec. 24-31).
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