Aaron Turner

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Be sure to follow along over at @everydayblackamerica | Meet Ada Woodson Adams b.1939 in Nelsonville, Ohio. I wish I could share all of the wonderful conversation we had here, but one of the interesting things about Ms. Adams is that her husband Alvin Adams was the first black student to graduate from Ohio University’s journalism school in 1959 and worked for major African American magazines like EBONY and JET during the Civil Rights Movement. Adams Hall on campus is named after him. But in the gist of things she had this to say: “From a genealogical point we all matter, and I don’t care what cultural background you come from, you had a valued role in creating America. Ohio, being the first northwest territory to be settled, had a lot of black people come in as free people, as well as those who were freedom seekers, and those who had been set free by there white masters in this area. Our history books don’t tell the whole story, and so in studying your family history, you can fill in the spaces, you can fill in the truths of how, cultural speaking, we made a difference. When I look at slavery, I don’t look at it as being shameful because we were very intelligent and equipped people. I look at the positive side of history. I always want people to think with reason and ask the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how, then come to your own conclusion. Question the information because within those words there is a hidden story that is not being told.” 
#ohio #everydayblackamerica #portrait #history #nelsonvilleoh #bw #blackandwhite #black #africanamerican #hipstamatic #hipstaconnect #hipstaoftheday #culture #OH #instagood #blackportraiture

Be sure to follow along over at @everydayblackamerica | Meet Ada Woodson Adams b.1939 in Nelsonville, Ohio. I wish I could share all of the wonderful conversation we had here, but one of the interesting things about Ms. Adams is that her husband Alvin Adams was the first black student to graduate from Ohio University’s journalism school in 1959 and worked for major African American magazines like EBONY and JET during the Civil Rights Movement. Adams Hall on campus is named after him. But in the gist of things she had this to say: “From a genealogical point we all matter, and I don’t care what cultural background you come from, you had a valued role in creating America. Ohio, being the first northwest territory to be settled, had a lot of black people come in as free people, as well as those who were freedom seekers, and those who had been set free by there white masters in this area. Our history books don’t tell the whole story, and so in studying your family history, you can fill in the spaces, you can fill in the truths of how, cultural speaking, we made a difference. When I look at slavery, I don’t look at it as being shameful because we were very intelligent and equipped people. I look at the positive side of history. I always want people to think with reason and ask the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how, then come to your own conclusion. Question the information because within those words there is a hidden story that is not being told.”
#ohio #everydayblackamerica #portrait #history #nelsonvilleoh #bw #blackandwhite #black #africanamerican #hipstamatic #hipstaconnect #hipstaoftheday #culture #OH #instagood #blackportraiture

Meet William Workman b.1929 from Zanesville, OH. When he was big enough to work he shined shoes for $5 a week, and later on in life serve in the Korean War. He shared with me how life was growing up in this small town of Southeast Ohio, the segregation and hard times. “If pop could afford to give us a dime, we’d go to a movie, cross the railroad tracks and fight our way across the Sixth Street bridge so we could go to the theatre. Then we had to sit in the balcony. There was no such thing as sitting down with the whites, and after that we’d fight our way back to the other side of the road and we’d be all right.” He went on to talk about that simple truth of working for what you want and how some of the youth in his area from my generation and younger weren’t brought up this way. “I’ve lived 84 years now. And things don’t look too good to me as far as the future’s concerned. Maybe I’m here today and gone tomorrow – time’s not on my side. I just don’t understand the younger generation. They won’t focus…” I think the conversation of differences in the generations is very interesting, it’s one of those constant battles but also leaves room for growth. It’s important for younger people to here the stories of folks like Mr. Workman because it can change their perspective on things of today. Some stories are the same just a different moment, time and place. I met Mr. Workman while working on a project photographing African Americans in Appalachia.  for @everydayblackamerica #portrait #black #blackandwhite #bw #Hipstamatic #hipstaoftheday #hipstaconnect #makeportraits #Ohio #oh #Appalachia #place #apeople #history #zanesville #instagood

Meet William Workman b.1929 from Zanesville, OH. When he was big enough to work he shined shoes for $5 a week, and later on in life serve in the Korean War. He shared with me how life was growing up in this small town of Southeast Ohio, the segregation and hard times. “If pop could afford to give us a dime, we’d go to a movie, cross the railroad tracks and fight our way across the Sixth Street bridge so we could go to the theatre. Then we had to sit in the balcony. There was no such thing as sitting down with the whites, and after that we’d fight our way back to the other side of the road and we’d be all right.” He went on to talk about that simple truth of working for what you want and how some of the youth in his area from my generation and younger weren’t brought up this way. “I’ve lived 84 years now. And things don’t look too good to me as far as the future’s concerned. Maybe I’m here today and gone tomorrow – time’s not on my side. I just don’t understand the younger generation. They won’t focus…” I think the conversation of differences in the generations is very interesting, it’s one of those constant battles but also leaves room for growth. It’s important for younger people to here the stories of folks like Mr. Workman because it can change their perspective on things of today. Some stories are the same just a different moment, time and place. I met Mr. Workman while working on a project photographing African Americans in Appalachia. for @everydayblackamerica #portrait #black #blackandwhite #bw #Hipstamatic #hipstaoftheday #hipstaconnect #makeportraits #Ohio #oh #Appalachia #place #apeople #history #zanesville #instagood

Family: My mom - #portrait #portraits #bw #blackandwhite #moment #light #mom #mama #family #hipstamatic #love #hipstaconnect #hipstaoftheday #instagood #makeportraits #storyportraits #looking #home #art #fineart #documentary

Family: My mom - #portrait #portraits #bw #blackandwhite #moment #light #mom #mama #family #hipstamatic #love #hipstaconnect #hipstaoftheday #instagood #makeportraits #storyportraits #looking #home #art #fineart #documentary

Paul Graham Show at Pace in Chelsea , #hipstamatic #history #hipstaconnect #hipstaoftheday #nyc #newyork #chelsea #art #photography #galleryshow #ny #instagood #paulgraham #moment

Paul Graham Show at Pace in Chelsea , #hipstamatic #history #hipstaconnect #hipstaoftheday #nyc #newyork #chelsea #art #photography #galleryshow #ny #instagood #paulgraham #moment

Family: My brother — #portrait #portraits #blackandwhite #bw

Family: My brother — #portrait #portraits #blackandwhite #bw

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Family - #portraits #cousins #love #memphis #tn #Tennessee #happy #instagood #documentary #bw #blackandwhite #hipstamatic #hipstaconnect #hipstaoftheday #dtype #tintype #moment #art #fineart #portrait #people #family #grid

Family - #portraits #cousins #love #memphis #tn #Tennessee #happy #instagood #documentary #bw #blackandwhite #hipstamatic #hipstaconnect #hipstaoftheday #dtype #tintype #moment #art #fineart #portrait #people #family #grid

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Erica| Smithfield Plantation - Blacksburg, VA ©Aaron Turner @ericayoon #portraits 

Erica| Smithfield Plantation - Blacksburg, VA ©Aaron Turner @ericayoon #portraits 

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Assignment shot for Education Week about Head Start in Belzoni, Mississippi - July 2014 ©Aaron Turner 

Assignment shot for Education Week about Head Start in Belzoni, Mississippi - July 2014 ©Aaron Turner 

Belzoni, Mississippi - ©Aaron Turner for Education Week

Belzoni, Mississippi - ©Aaron Turner for Education Week