Adrian Octavius Walker

Adrian Octavius Walker is a mixed-media artist based in Oakland, CA.

His work is inspired by his investigations of the black body, dynamics of the black family and archival work related to the African American experience. Working in both film and digital-format photography, Walker creates intimate portraits based on his studies of human interactions based in urban settings that share untold stories. His photography and installations encourage viewers to address and appreciate the culture of one's surrounding.

In 2015, Walker self-published the book My Lens, Our Ferguson, a documentation of protests against police brutality after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO. The book was shortlisted for a Paris Photo-Aperture First PhotoBook award and  selected images were featured in a solo exhibition at the University of Alabama and five group exhibitions internationally. His work has been included in a variety of solo and group exhibitions including Black On Film (2016), Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style (2016), Brighton Photo Biennial (2016), Street Beautification (2014), and Imagery of Chess at the World Chess Hall of Fame (2016), among others. Walker has also been featured on an episode of Vice’s “Abandoned,” where he discussed his upbringing in North Saint Louis.  

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Adrian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.


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