In 2015, Bright documented the Black Lives Matter Movement and disruptions around
the country that resulted from shootings of unarmed victims caught on video. She
observed young social activists taking a stand against the same struggles their parents
and grandparents endured during the era of Jim Crow. She started the project in Atlanta
— home of the Civil Rights Movement — and traveled to Ferguson, Baltimore and
Washington, DC, developing an extensive body of work.
#1960Now is an evolution in Bright’s exploration of the Civil Rights Movement. This
interactive photographic series of emerging young leaders affiliated with the Black Lives
Matter Movement examines race, gender and generational divides to raise awareness
of millennial perspectives on civil and human rights.
Sheila Pree Bright (b. 1967 in Waycross, GA) is a nationally recognized, award-winning photographer. Bright earned an M.F.A. in Photography from Georgia State University. In 2006, she received the Center Prize from the Santa Fe Center of Photography for Suburbia. Portraying large-scale works that combine a wide range of contemporary culture, Bright is often described as a “cultural anthropologist.”
Bright has created multiple renowned series, such as 1960 Who, which involved a street art gallery showcasing epic-sized portraits of unknown youth leaders of the 60’s who became members of the Civil Rights Movement but are not widely known. The series launched in Atlanta and received national attention after being featured by Huffington Post in 2013. Moreover, she went viral on Huffington Post for her Plastic Bodies series, which appeared in the documentary Through the Lens Darkly, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance film festival.
Alongside being featured in numerous publications, Bright has exhibited across the United States.