Professor Granville Carroll, once a photography student at ASU, now contributes his talents as a faculty associate with the university, in addition to growing his personal body of work. Designing this course was deeply meaningful to him. His personal experiences with being misrepresented led him to design a curriculum aimed at creating positive representations of other cultures through photography.
In his work as an artist, Carroll explores the concepts of how Blackness has been traditionally portrayed, and he aims to transform how the BIPOC community is represented. A major theme in his artistry is showing Blackness through the lens of beauty, complexity and a catalyst for healing. A visual artist and Afrofuturist, Carroll uses digital technology, poetry and other tools to explore how storytelling can influence perception of culture.
Carroll also looks forward to expanding his own research and knowledge about identity and representation through the student perspective.
Empowering students through photography
As you move beyond the academic setting, you’ll have an understanding of how your photographic vision can influence how communities are viewed by others. Further, you’ll be able to articulate the concepts and research that drive your work.
When asked what he hopes learners take away from the course, Carroll stated simply, “Photography is intrinsically connected to power.” He hopes students come away from the course with an understanding that with this power, they have the ability to transform the narratives around culture and cultural identity in positive ways.