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50 Shades of Latino: Capturing the Spectrum of Latino Identity

Photos and Mosaic by Carlton Mackey

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ partnered with Emory University's Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. to present the first annual "50 Shades of Latino/50 Tonos de Latino".  The event served as the 8th official Open Photo Shoot of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™.

In a conversation moderated by Carlton Mackey and Natalie Delia, the gathering also included a discussions about the implications of skin color on Latino Identity as well as the spectrum of ways Latino and Hispanic are defined.

The "50 Shades of Latino: mosaic featuring all participants who identified as Latino was revealed by the ladies of Gamma Nu at "Beyond Tacos and Burritos", an annual event presented by the Latino Student Organization.  This event also included special guest Rebecca Kaplan, keynote speaker Gerard Borda, and performances by Emory Salsa Club.  These events were the highlights of this year Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

Building Bridges. Carlton Mackey and Natalie Delia lead community discussion reflecting on identity formation in Black and Latino communities at the first annual "50 Shades of Latino" Event.

Building Bridges. Carlton Mackey and Natalie Delia lead community discussion reflecting on identity formation in Black and Latino communities at the first annual "50 Shades of Latino" Event.

Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Carlton Mackey

Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Carlton Mackey

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New Mosaic with Over 300 Beautiful Atlanta Faces

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE - Mosaic from the 7th BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Open Photo Shoot at artDBF, the art and culture showcase of the Decatur Book Festival.  Over 250 People were photographed!

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We are so proud to release our latest BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Mosaic. 

August 30, 2014 BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Co-Directors Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight brought the Signature Open Photo Shoot to art|DBF, the art and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

A team of professional photographers including Breonca Trofort, Jeremiah Ojo, Elaine Oyzon-Mast, Michael Harris, Cliff Robinson, Jason Towns, and Ilene Rouamvongsor captured the beauty of over 250 festival goers, stimulated lively conversation, and promoted the campaigns message of celebrating diversity.

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The BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Open Photo Shoot  offers everyday people across the country a chance to see themselves in a way that many of them never have before.

As a way of engaging communities, schools, congregations, businesses and/or non-profits that want a way to celebrate difference we, and our network of professional photographers around the country, work together with you to host our Open Photo Shoots.

At the end of each shoot, our graphic designers create a mosaic like the one above and email a high resolution digital file of the mosaic to each of the participants.

Prints and Ready-to-Hang Posters also available for purchase!

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Over 300 Beautiful Atlanta Faces Photographed

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ brought its signature Open Photo Shoot to art|DBF, the art and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival.  A team of professional photographers captured the beauty of over 300 festival goers, stimulated lively conversation, and promoted the campaigns message of celebrating diversity.

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Co-Directors Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight also signed copies of their books "50 Shades of Black" and "In His Moment", both of which debuted at the festival.

50 Shades of Black uses the power of art and personal stories to explore the complex relationship between skin tone and sexuality in the formation of self-identity. 

In His Moment is a multi-cultural look at the wedding day from the perspective of the groom.  It is a collection of emotional stories and images from men across the globe captured by international photo-culturalist Ross Oscar Knight.

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ is a grassroots empowerment campaign and a signature clothing brand.

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE to participate in 2014 artDBF - AJC Decatur Book Festival

In 2013, AJCDBF launched art|DBF, an arts and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival. art|DBF recognizes that a vibrant, creative, and economically thriving community can be achieved by elevating the visibility of the arts—literary, visual, and performing; increasing accessibility, public involvement, and attendance; and working to ensure the long-term sustainability of arts organizations.

art|DBF celebrates that storytelling, the sharing of new ideas, the creation of characters, and the transportation of audiences to places both real and imagined happens in the pages of a book, but also in the museum, on the stage, in film and video, in the studio, in the concert hall, on public streets and on the walls of buildings, and everywhere else you find artists and creators working.

In 2014, art|DBF will once again present a diverse group of artists and arts organizations who will actively engage our imaginations through stories, artist talks, installations, film, visual art, photography, and musical, dance and theatrical performances, in order to connect our citizens with the arts and cultural opportunities in Decatur and throughout Atlanta.

More info at artdbf.com

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE & ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON

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EMORY Report: Shades of Beauty-From Dialogue to Movement

Screen capture of Emory Report (Emory University) Headline Coverage of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

Screen capture of Emory Report (Emory University) Headline Coverage of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

What began for Carlton Mackey as a photographic exploration of race, skin tone, sexuality, beauty, and identity is growing into something bigger — a movement that may be expanding in international directions.

In the past year, Mackey broadened the project, inviting the public to attend a series of open photo shoots images meant to celebrate beauty in all its forms. Some 400 photographs later, the images have become a catalyst for "Beautiful In Every Shade" (BIES), what he refers to as the project's "signature empowerment campaign" dedicated to affirming and spreading beauty.

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