Photographer Eli Reed is interviewed by Wayne Lawrence in the "Heroes & Mentors" feature in August 2011 issue of PDN.
In the interview, Reed discusses his seminal book Black in America, his friendship with film director John Singleton, becoming the first African-American member of Magnum and more.
Most importantly, Reed had this to say to minority photographers:
"One thing you have to do is not get distracted by the bullshit, by the racism or ageism or any of that crap. If you get deterred from the direction in which you're going, the other side has already managed to throw you off stride. Over and over again, the best thing is to do the god-damn work."
Stellar advice from a photographer who's broken the color barrier with his exceptional photographic work!
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