Beverly Price is a freelance film photographer and native Washingtonian from the Capitol Hill area whose artistic practice centers around documenting life in her community. Price was first introduced to photography by a childhood friend, but describes her practice as “just coming to her” in 2016 after having a dream where four Black boys with blue eyes rose up from the ground in the Barry Farms neighborhood of DC (the site of Untitled [Housing]) and handed her a camera. Price then began her photography career in earnest and soon developed a passion for portraying marginalized and misrepresented members of the District. Price seeks to tell stories and preserve culture in some of the most rapidly gentrified neighborhoods of DC, and as a member of the community she is able to do so with insight and honesty. In her series When the Children Speak, Price brings attention to the struggles of her community through the experiences of children, and presents portraits which are empathetic but not voyeuristic. One photo, in which a small group of kids hold a sign declaring “Housing is a Right, Not a Privilege” harkens back to the exhibition’s title–WE BUILT THIS HOUSE–forcing viewers to reckon with the realities of political disenfranchisement and gentrification which face Black communities in DC. A recipient of the Smithsonian’s James E. Webb Scholarship, Price teaches through the DC Department of Recreation and continues to show her photographic work throughout the region. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD.
- Carolina Gaillard (VCU Craft/Material Studies, BFA 2021)
- Jasmine Elmore (VCU Photography + Film, BFA 2022)
Beverly Ailisha Price first began what she believed to be a casual detailing of the people and atmospheres she would visually encounter on an everyday basis. As someone born and raised in the Capitol Hill region of the District of Columbia and passionate about her community, photography quickly developed into Price’s method of preserving the culture and communicating the stories of her often forgotten and disenfranchised commonality. For Beverly Price “honest expression is never too perfect” and to her, her eyes are her most honest form of self. Much more than a photographer, maker and creative activist, Price’s life has very divinely so led her to where one finds and sees her now. Of all that Price has seen, from a childhood in the District, five years of young adulthood spent incarcerated, the Smithsonian Institution’s James E. Webb Scholarship, a Georgetown University education, and her work with her students through the DC Department of Recreation, all of these histories reflect into her work and sight. All of which amass the work of Beverly Ailisha Price previously seen and featured at institutions such as American University, the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, and the Anacostia Arts Center.