Sheila Pree Bright / Richard Avedon Mural

So fantastic to see this mural through the rain this morning, on the Fulton County Daily Report building at Pryor & Trinity. The piece is part of Off the Wall ATL, an incredible effort from local arts non-profit Wonderroot.

The mural pairs Richard Avedon's 1963 group portrait of Julian Bond with Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee activists here in Atlanta, with Atlanta-based artist Sheila Pree Bright's contemporary portrait (taken in Vine City) of mothers including Samira Rice (mother of Tamir Rice), Wanda Johnson (mother of Oscar Grant), and Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner).

"Sheila Pree Bright re-created the Richard Avedon image with mothers of unarmed victims of police brutality from across the nation. These mothers have become leaders and activists fighting for social justice to bring about accountability and policy reform that speaks to racial injustices in the 21st century."

The New York Times covered the mural with this piece from Fayemi Shakur: "From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter: Honoring Black Mothers Who Lost Their Sons." And the Off the Wall project was on CBS This Morning last week, including an interview with Wonderroot executive director (and former ACP board member) Chris Appleton.


It's also fascinating to see how the Avedon photograph is one of at least three frames from this particular shoot. An alternate shot, below, appeared in his book "Nothing Personal".

This version above is a slight crop of the original frame, and here's a 2nd version of the mural photograph, but this time without Julian Bond's daughter, Phyllis.

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