City People: Black Baltimore in the Photographs of John Clark Mayden presents over fifty of the artist’s black-and-white “street portraits” taken since the 1970s, many on view for the first time. These photographs capture the ordinary joys and sorrows, quiet moments, and daily realities of Baltimore’s African-American neighborhoods: kids on their bikes and skates, old timers catching a breeze on their front stoops, young people striding through the snow, busy people on their way to work, tired people taking a break. Through careful observation and local understanding, Mayden lays bare the beauty and heartbreak of everyday life, Black life, in an American city.
John Clark Mayden is a photographer of and from Baltimore. His work has been exhibited at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among other venues. The exhibition celebrates a recent gift from the artist to the Sheridan Libraries of 100 prints.