Chester Higgins, Jr. (American, b. 1946)
Higgins has been a staff photographer for The New York Times since 1975. As one of the premiere African American photographers working today, he continues to exhibit his work throughout the country and abroad.
His mission statement is as follows: “Wrestling with issues of memory, place and identity, I see my life as a narrative and my photography as its expression. My art gives visual voice to my personal and collective memories. It is inside ordinary moments where I find windows into larger meaning. Light, perspective, and points in time are the pivotal elements I use to reveal an interior presence within my subjects as I search for what I identify as the Signature of the Spirit.”