John Stephens is a visual artist who uses photography and writing to tell compelling stories that connect and relate to the human journey. Stephens is originally from Atlanta, GA, and is a self-taught photographer. He pulls his inspiration from spirituality, music, history, literature, and present-day culture. He has been working in his craft for over 20 years and has added a focus on story architecture and strategy implementation. His work has been displayed in the Afrofuturism Rising exhibition at the Tubman African American Museum and he has presented as a roundtable panelist for “Visualizing Revolution and Emerging Archives: Building the Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver Family Archive” American Studies Association Conference (Atlanta). Creatively he is driven by the ethos that, "we are all interconnected in ways that can extend our reach as artists, but more importantly as human beings." John assisted with efforts to digitize the Kathleen Cleaver Papers as well as document the archiving story before they were acquired by the Stuart A. Rose Library at Emory University.
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