Adrian Octavius Walker
Adrian Octavius Walker was born and raised in North Saint Louis and received his BA in Sociology with a certificate in photography and Women's and Gender studies from the University of Missouri St. Louis in 2010. Walker now photographs the mundane areas of the west and east sides of his current home city Oakland, California, where he works as a Community Marketer for VSCO. Always curious, Walker describes himself as a contemporary mixed-media artist, who also creates sensitive portraits based on his studies of human interactions in intense environments.
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)