Museum Exhibitions

Engaging the Camera:
African Women, Portraits, and the Photographs of Hector Acebes

Curated by Andrea Barnwell and Isolde Brielmaier for the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

Engaging the Camera was the first major exhibition in the United States to feature the photographs of Hector Acebes. In this debut exhibition, photographs of African women by African, American, and European photographers were juxtaposed with those by Acebes. Engaging the Camera examined themes including the divide between art and ethnography, gender and the African female body as spectacle, further enhancing the rich and complex history of photographing African people.

This debut exhibition traveled from Spelman College to the Lowe Art Museum, Binghamton University Art Museum, and the University Museum at Texas Southern University, and is currently available for bookings.

For more information about this exhibition please contact Ed Marquand at, or Andrea Barnwell at