Photographer / Journalist
Chester Higgins is one of the premiere photographers of his generation. Because he believes art humanizes us, the subjects of his photographs are of utmost importance to him. His images resonate with a spiritual echo, which maintains the image and frees it from the constraints of time. Much of Higgins’ imagery is inspired by his quest to redefine the visual document as it relates to people of African descent. Viewers gain a rare insight into cultural behavior — a window to another place and time — through his portraits and studies of living rituals and ancient civilizations.
An Alabama native, he has been a staff photographer for The New York Times since 1975. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications including ARTnews, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Life, Newsweek, Fortune, Time, Ebony, Essence, The New Yorker and Archaeology. His solo exhibitions have been hosted by International Center of Photography, The Smithsonian Institution,The Museum of African Art, The Museum of Photographic Arts, The Schomburg Center, among others. He is the recipient of grants from The Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Center of Photography, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation (ICP).
Over the past five decades, Higgins has produced six books of compelling images reflecting a sensitive and in-depth diary of his explorations of the human Diaspora.