2019 ‘Mother March On’ mural, Atlanta, GA.
Atlanta-based Photographic Artist, Sheila Pree Bright, shares a reflection of historical moments through images from her #1960Now series to visually share her experiences with current social and political topics.
How does your photographic work impact your view on the roles/responsibilities of society?
My view on the roles and responsibilities of society has not changed at this time in history. The world is changing, but it is hard for people to change.
While out photographing, what have you seen that stands out in your mind?
I’ve been photographing the Black Lives Matter uprising since 2013 and what stand out the most is the diversity and the masses of people participating in the protest in all 50 states.
What precautions are you taking as you’re out documenting these protests?
I’m fully equipped with PPE gear.
What’s one image that you’ve made that strikes you the most?
Collectively, I look at my images as one, creating a narrative where one is just as powerful than the other.

What message do you hope your photos will tell for years to come?
As a Photographic Artist, I feel my photographs can be a form of action to create awareness bringing shared communities together to critically look at ongoing social and political struggles across the nation. I hope that the work I produce will stand the test of time for the next generation of visionaries to learn of their history.

What advice do you have for photographers that are currently out photographing this movement?
In this moment of time with COVID-19, photographers must be more aware of the environment and to be very observant about the space they are encountering.

2020 Press Conference for the Mothers who children have fallen to police brutality along with women legislators at the State Capitol (Bill 636), Atlanta GA
2015 National March on Ferguson, “We Can’t Stop Now,” protesting police violence and the murder of Mike Brown, Ferguson, MO