I love the nonverbal language photographs “speak”—–echoing stories of people past and present—-so when I stumbled upon Michele Wallace’s archive of family photos, I was instantly immersed. Wallace’s mother is artist, educator, author and activist Faith Ringgold. Watch Ringgold in a video from the archive as she discusses art, activism and the power of being an artist.
You can explore more photographs from this archive and Soul Pictures, Wallace’s site featuring images and writings related to the life and work of her mother, Willi Posey (Faith Ringgold’s mother), and Michele and her sister Barbara Wallace.
American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s, 49 rarely-exhibited paintings exploring race and gender in America is on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts through November 10, 2013. PS. Ringgold celebrated her 83rd birthday earlier this month (she was born in Harlem on October 8, 1930). All photos featured here are courtesy of Michele Wallace and the Faith Ringgold Archive.