Harmony Hall Arts Center Presents 3 DECADES: The Photography of Fred Watkins

By Editorial Team on September 16, 2019
Courtesy of Harmony Hall Arts Center.
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Talk: Wednesday, September 18 from 3pm to 3:30 pm
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Former White House photographer, Fred Watkins, will be the keynote speaker at our Gallery Talk, immediately following Harmony Hall Art Center’s opening Afternoon Tea Series program on September 18, 2019 at 3-3:30 pm in the John Addison Concert Hall.

Nationally acclaimed photographer, Fred Watkins, has worked with Time, Life and People magazines, and then expanded his clientele to include ABC, ESPN, MCI, Pfizer, Miller Brewing Company, General Motors, and other Fortune 500 companies. Fred is a member of the White House Press Corps and worked for Ebony and Jet magazines as a staff photographer. Join them for this exciting journey through the stories behind the photographs of some notable celebrities and political/historical world leaders.

This engagement will launch and complement his exhibition (3 Decades: The Photography of Fred Watkins) which will be on view in the Potomac and Livingston Galleries from 9/18-11/16/19. Watkins amassed these images during his more than 35 years as a professional traveling the world as a photographer for Ebony, Jet, ABC News, Fox News, Life, Time and People magazines. He has been on the front-line of photojournalists traveling on Air Force One as he held the distinction of being the sole African American photographer to capture images of every U.S. president from H.W. Bush to Donald Trump. He also photographed South African President Nelson Mandela, during his first tour of the United States, after being imprisoned for 27 years. Mr. Watkins became friends with heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and renowned photojournalist and filmmaker Gordon Parks. His photographs of Grammy Award winning musical pioneer Michael Jackson, dazzling vocalist Whitney Houston, and comedian Dave Chappelle graced the pages of multiple magazines.

Harmony Hall Arts Center will exhibit Mr. Watkins private collection – some of which will be on view for the first time. The talk is free to the public and he will be available to answer questions after the presentation. For more information, call (301)203-6070.

On display at Harmony Hall Arts Center’s Potomac and Livingston Galleries.

Harmony Hall Arts Center’s Main Gallery is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD.