event · July 12 – August 16

History of Photography: Unloading the Canon - Online

How can we correct our imagination of the photographic canon to see non-white photographic practices not as counternarratives, but to see them as initiatives and approaches which have higher purposes outside of confronting white hegemony? Through this course students will take steps to change or reinforce perceptions of what the photographic canon is and to re-center the artists, aesthetics, and concepts that it includes. Through readings, class discussions, presentations, and creative workshops students will create their own physical of digital resource for themselves and their community to help communicate a photographic canon based on inclusivity and criticality.


Jay Simple is a visual artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Pamplin, VA. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at Longwood University and founder of The Photographers Green Book, a resource for inclusion, equity, and diversity within the photographic medium. Working through photography and a variety of mediums, Simple examines historical and contemporary effects of colonialism and white-centric ideology within the context of the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.

He has had recent solo exhibitions at Hampden Sydney College(2019) and Longwood University(2019), and group exhibitions at Jamestown Art Center(2020), Franklin Street Works(2020), and Longwood Center for Visual Arts(2020). He is also a 2020 Artist-in-Residency at the Philadelphia Photo Art Center and co-curator of Asterisks in the Grand Narrative of History which is currently showing at the Longwood Center for Visual Arts. 


Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American Street #103
Philadelphia, PA 19122 US