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Acknowledging Covid-19 and public health, the gallery will follow state and local guidelines and recommendations; 

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Joyce Gordon Gallery is proud to present:

"Chronicles of Our Culture"

Photographs by John Simmons, ASC

Curated by Eric Murphy

November 5 - November 27, 2021​​

Opening Reception | Sat, November 6th, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Artist Talk | Sat, November 20th, 1:00 PM

Location: Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St, Oakland, CA, 94612


For more information please contact: or call 510.465.8928

“It’s a visual diary of where I’ve been and who I am.” - John Simmons, ASC

Time doesn't stand still but memories are not forgotten in this series of photographs chronicling various moments of Black Culture in America from the 1960s to the present day. A visual archivist since the 1960s, Simmons has produced captivating photographs that present the beauty, complexities, challenges, and intimate moments of black life and the broader world around him.

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John Simmons, "Parade" (Chicago 1967), Photograph

John Simmons, ASC is an Emmy award-winning cinematographer, photographer, painter, collage artist and professor. Born and raised in Chicago, John Simmons came of age at the height of the politically charged, artistically fluent 1960s. His talent as a photographer was identified and nurtured by Robert “Bobby” Sengstacke who ushered him into his early years of publishing his photographs and to his formal education in art and photography as an undergraduate.

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John Simmons, "Angela Davis" (Nashville TN circa1970), Photograph

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John Simmons, "Girl Eating Ice Cream" (Chicago 1967), Photograph

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John Simmons, "Boy Running" (Oakland, CA 2017), Photograph

John Simmons, ASC has had a prolific career as both a still photographer and cinematographer. He has filmed numerous music videos and commercials for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and many more. He has collaborated with filmmakers including Spike Lee and Debbie Allen, and has served as the Director of Photography for more than 25 television series. Simmons earned an Emmy for his work on Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, another two nominations for his work on Pair of Kings, and a third for Family Reunion. His feature film credits include Once Upon a Time … When We Were Colored, The Killing Yard, Collected Stories, The Gin Game, Asunder, The Old Settler. His numerous documentaries include Richard Pryor, Here & Now (1983) to this year's Emmy Award winning Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story (2020).

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John Simmons, "Rosa Parks", Photograph

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John Simmons, "Oshun" (Los Angeles CA), Photograph

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The gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday 1-6pm and by appointment. We are ACHD compliant at 20% capacity and masks are required.

Joyce Gordon Gallery is a fine art gallery located midtown Oakland, CA. It exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists.

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