Roots Need Water: I. Henry Photo Project | Opening Reception
Saturday, October 16 • 5-8pm | Ongoing through November 6
@ Connect + Collect
Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr.
Public Opening, Saturday, October 16th 2021 from 4 – 8pm at Connect+Collect, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
RSVP Link: Calendly – Connect+Collect
The exhibit will be on view through November 6th, 2021 with additional images from the archive on display each night via the Charles Street facing digital window gallery from 6-10 pm.
“When you take a photograph you stop that moment in history forever.” – I. Henry Phillips Sr.
Connect+Collect is pleased to present Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr., an exhibition of historic Baltimore photographs created from 1940-1980 by I. Henry Phillips Sr. and printed from a trove of thousands of photo negatives by his grandson, Webster Phillips, founder of the I. Henry Photo Project, a digital archive of his grandfather’s, and his father’s, photos.
I. Henry Phillips Sr. was a photographer at the Afro-American newspaper for over a decade, known for capturing images of Louis Armstrong at the Royal Theatre and Billie Holiday walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as thousands of images of everyday life for Black Baltimoreans, a history that has been largely unseen.
Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr. presents never before exhibited historical photographs dating back to the 1940s featuring Baltimoreans in intimate moments, highlighting the everyday life of Black Baltimore of the past. The exhibition is a celebration of life and culture and offers the chance to experience the intimacy of the photographic works in a deeply personal way, focusing on moments of leisure, including swimming and boating, picnics and family time.
Webster Phillips is the director of the I.Henry Photo Project, and Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr. serves as an exploration of his own legacy, with two generations of photographers in conversation, with their work on display in concert in the gallery. Phillips, along with Rassaan Hammond. combed his grandfather’s archives in order to select images for the exhibition focusing on swimming and leisure. While some of the images subtly allude to the history of racism in Baltimore City, specifically the formerly segregated swimming pools and beaches, they venture into rich moments of Black joy and leisure, presenting Black Baltimoreans on beaches, on boats, at museums, and familiar Baltimore parks and landmarks.
Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr. is available to view by appointment, beginning on Thursday, October 7th. Email [email protected]. Gallery Hours: October 23rd from 12-2PM and October 30, 2021 from 12-2pm by appointment. Masks are required indoors while the digital window gallery portion of the exhibition is entirely viewable nightly from the outside.
2519 North Charles Street Baltimore, Maryland
Gallery Hours: October 23rd from 12-2PM and October 30, 2021 from 12-2pm by appointment, with additional appointments available.
Email: [email protected] for purchase inquiries and to schedule a visit.
Connect+Collect Covid guidelines
Roots Need Water will have an opening celebration on Saturday October 16th, but an RSVP is required and space is limited: Calendly – Connect+Collect.