Adrian Octavius Walker
Adrian Octavius Walker is an African-American artist and photographer born in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is a 2010 graduate of University Missouri St. Louis with a BA in Sociology, currently living and working in Oakland, California.
As a contemporary mixed-media artist, Walker uses both film and digital formats to create new experiences that connect his audience to aspects of everyday life that are often overlooked.
In 2015, Walker self-published the book My Lens, Our Ferguson, a documentation of the Ferguson protests, which was shortlisted for a Paris Photo-Aperture First PhotoBook award. Images from that book were featured in a solo exhibition last year at the University of Alabama and in five group exhibitions internationally. That same year, Walker discussed what it is like to grow up in North Saint Louis in an episode of Vice’s Abandoned. His work has been included in a variety of solo and group exhibitions including Black On Film, Creative Campus at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (2016); Dandy Lion, Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, England (2016); Black Mail 2, Space 236, San Francisco, California (2016); Common Sense(s), The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York (2016); Paris Photo-Aperture photo book Awards 2015, Huis Marseille, Museum of Photography, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2015); Street Beautification, World Chess Hall of Fame (2014). World Chess Hall of Fame, Imagery of Chess (2017); PGH Photo Fair - Carnegie Museum of Art, (2017); and AWAKE 10x10 Book and Zine Bazaar - Magnum Foundation, New York City (2017)
His current work is inspired by his investigations of the black body, dynamics of the black family, and archival work related to African American culture. Walker creates sensitive portraits based on his studies of human interactions in urban settings that share untold stories. Walker’s collection of images and installations encourage viewers to address and ultimately appreciate the culture of one's surrounding.