Black people travel quickly to the edge of our imagination.

Bobby Rogers talks about family, struggle, inspiration, speaking truth, the black imagination, and turning pain into beauty.

About the speaker

Bobby Rogers is an interdisciplinary artist and the official photographer for the Walker Art Center. While using photography as a basis to find beauty and creativity in unseen communities, from Black Muslims to the aesthetics of street cultures and its influence on high fashion, Rogers’ explores subtle narratives of resilience and pride. His body of work is a raw and unvarnished investigation of humanity and diasporic futurity. Since graduating from the Minneapolis’ College of Art & Design in 2014 Rogers’ has amassed a list of clientele including Apple, PAPER Magazine, Redbull, Vox Media, City Pages, and others; and his work has been detailed by publications ranging from Vice and Juxtapoz to the New York Times.

In 2016, Rogers was named Minnesota Monthly’s Top Visual Artists to Watch. In 2017, City Pages named Rogers an Artists of the Year and The Huffington Posts’ “Nur 25” included Rogers as one of 25 Muslims Breaking Barriers and Lighting Up the World.

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