Picture Man: Portraits by Polo Silk

July 16th, 2022 – January 8th, 2023 Exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art

Fleur De Lis Data News Weekly Contributor

His work tells the story of Black New Orleans and its rich celebration traditions. For more than three decades, Selwhyn Sthaddeus “Polo Silk” Terrell has been photographing the people of the “Real New Orleans”. His work captures the essence and the heartbeat of what makes New Orleans a city that people want to continue to come to and experience. He is an underground legend that his work is now being discovered by a whole new audience who is seeking an authentic portrayal of urban life in New Orleans. He’s created a unique body of work that blends elements of portraiture, fashion, performance, and street photography.

More than a photographer, he is an archivist and historian, whose audience continues to grow, as people from across the globe are becoming fans of his work. He has been featured in international magazines, and he has appeared in the Smithsonian book on the History of Hip-Hop. He’s also worked with brands such as Reebok and ROC Nation on design concepts. Polo is a renaissance man from uptown New Orleans, who is stepped in the history of his native city.

This exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is historical, as well as a homecoming for this amazing artist and visual storyteller from the Crescent City.

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