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Black Archivist believes in the power of the Black narrative and that Black artists are best suited to tell the stories of our community. We provide the tools and resources for Black people to document the life around them, both triumphs and tribulations. We believe access to equipment should not be a barrier to entry for documentation or compensation.


Black Archivist is a project by Paul Octavious, a Black queer photographer based in Chicago. In 2005, Paul began exploring the art of photography and it changed the trajectory of this his life. 

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Photo of R. C. Hickman, who documented Dallas's African American community through the civil rights era. R. C. Hickman died in Dallas on December 1, 2007.

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