Shelia Turner and Sistagraphy
2018 Ebon Dooley Honoree
In 1993, Shelia Turner, an Atlanta-based documentary photographer, wanted to create a vehicle for Black women photographers to exhibit their work. At the time, the world of photography was dominated by white males. There was no collective of Black women photographers documenting the stories of Black women. Shelia contacted nine photographers that she knew personally, and they all accepted her invitation. The inaugural exhibition garnered critical acclaim. The collective’s next exhibition was held in 1994 under its new name, Sistagraphy. Shelia passed away in 2018, but her commitment to the relevance and importance of photographic art created by African American women lives on. Sistagraphy encourages lifelong learning and promotes the art of photography through interpretive theme-based exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach.