Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The African American Museum in Philadelphia: OGGIE OGBURN: "Backstage Pass"
Feb. 1 ~ Mar. 16, 2008
Oggie Ogburn grew up in Brooklyn, and Queens, New York. He presently resides in the Washington, DC area and has family in Philadelphia. Ogburn is deeply rooted in the African American musical tradition and the music industry. He is touted as a celebrity photographer due to his unique ability to capture a backstage perspective through his lens – often of the moments not captured by those documenting the music scene. Oggie Ogburn’s photos are shot in the classic black and white format, showcasing stars such as Tina Turner,Whitney Houston, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Sade and a host of others. His photographs give an undeniably true depiction of life inside the music business. Behind the glitz is a world of egos, entourages, road gigs, promotional appearances, interviews and exhaustion. He has been working as a professional photographer for more than forty years and has photographed world leaders including President Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.