Afro-American Amex

Hank Willis Thomas

Photographer Hank Willis Thomas’s work reflects on the symbols of commodity culture and the impact of violence in African American communities. He gained wide recognition with his series Branded, a group of images where he digitally added a scarred Nike logo on different parts of the body of a black model, such as the chest and head. Willis Thomas has exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; PS1, New York; and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. He is the first recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize, a new annual prize for artists living west of the Mississippi. He lives in Oakland, California. 

Co-presented with Aperture West. The Aperture West Collaborative Series provides lectures given by some of today’s most significant photographers. Generously supported by Freestyle Photographic. 

Go to Hank Willis Thomas's website.