Come to Selfhood explores Black male identity, masculinity and notions about the father figure by providing a frame of reference that visually articulates the numerous identities of young Black men. By delving into ideas of history, role models, varied experiences and how these elements shaped the identity, “Come to Selfhood” makes the previously invisible Black man, accurately and meaningfully visible.
Joshua Rashaad McFadden is in his final year as an MFA candidate in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta, GA. His experiences growing up in Rochester, NY opened his eyes to become the advocate for social justice and social issues through his artistic work and community organizing. His BFA in Fine Arts Education and work as a public speaker and educator helped shape his photographic brand, which is hinged upon bringing awareness and solutions to social issues within the Black diaspora. Some of his most notable accomplishments include his work for The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., and the Mozambique Heritage winner for Best Photo for “Three Women of Creole Descent” shown in London, UK. These and other projects have earned him recognitions, such as special participation in The Magnum Foundation workshop at LOOK3’s Festival of the Photograph, and commissioned public art installation through Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, opening September 2015 in Atlanta, GA. He continues to work diligently as he prepares for subsequent public art engagements in the Metro Atlanta area.