Brooklyn photographer driven to capture positivity in African American history

This Black History Month, Brooklyn photographer Chester Higgins highlights the positive impacts in African American history.

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2023, 12:35 PM

Updated 457 days ago

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News 12 is highlighting a Brooklyn photographer who's captured historic moments with a goal of showing African American people in a positive light.
Chester Higgins has photographed some of the most iconic moments in history, including Nelson Mandela's visit to the United States.
He fell in love with photography more than 50 years ago with hopes of showing Black people in a way he says he had never seen it.
"I was very upset that the image of our people in the media when I was growing up was always a pejorative," says Higgins. "I knew that the only way the full story is going to be seen is if I start recording it and if I start finding ways to publish it."
He says he wanted to not only capture historic photos but to also publish them, so he went on to publish eight books over the years including his most recent Sacred Nile book. The photography book takes readers on a journey through time examining the ancient history of African people who lived along the Nile River.
Higgins' work can be found in the Brooklyn Museum. Higgins has also been inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame.


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