yours naturally

*”Yours Naturally: Beauty That Grows on You” is a national photography exhibition launching in the Fall of 2014 produced by award -­‐ winning photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson.

The exhibition celebrates the beauty of women who wear natural hairstyles. It will change not only the way they see themselves, but how others perceive them. The touring exhibition, consisting of 45 large-­‐scale color photographs, highlights contemporary hairstyles that enhance the natural beauty of its wearers.

The photographs feature women throughout the African Diaspora of various ages, sizes, and complexions. Women representing a variety of professions are photographed in the studio as well as on stunning locations. They are shown engaged in leisure activities and active sports, on college campuses and at the beach, in corporate settings and at home. Yours Naturally offers an extraordinary opportunity for women to have conversations around issues of health, fitness, nutrition, self-­‐esteem, and beauty standards, particularly as it relates to their hair.

Most importantly, Yours Naturally will, for the first time in a national exhibition, pay homage to the growing natural hair movement that’s quietly spreading across America. The exhibition will travel to museums, cultural centers, heritage festivals, conferences, and universities across the U. S. over the next three years. This photographic collaboration will allow women of the African Diaspora the opportunity to display their natural beauty to the world, their way. Panel discussions and gallery talks will also complement the touring exhibition.

About the Photographer
Jason Miccolo Johnson is a national award-­‐winning photojournalist perhaps best recognized for his trademark visual call-­‐and-­‐response shooting style where the focus is on the subject’s eyes and hands. He is the author of the best seller Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship Experience (Bulfinch Press, foreword by Gordon Parks). Fifty of his photographs are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. His photographs are also in the permanent collections of The St. Louis Museum of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

In 2003, Johnson received the distinguished ArtMaker Award from the HistoryMakers. His photographs have been published in 28 books and 58 magazines and exhibited on four continents. He has photographed over 15 heads of state and the last six U.S. presidents. Johnson previously worked at USA Today and ABC Network News. Sample photographs and an extended biography can be found at www.jasonmiccolojohnson.com. To inquire about the exhibition or for interview requests, please email [email protected] or call 202‐421-7415.