An exhibition of archival imagery by Maurice Sorrell (1914-1998), the first Black member of the White House Photographers Association



A conversation about film as a tool for capturing Philadelphia's underground arts scene

Fields of Knowledge
  • Memory
  • Public culture
  • Social Justice

Organizing Institutions

Penn Social Policy & Practice, Slought


Stephanie Renée

Opens to public





4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Slought and Penn School of Social Policy & Practice are pleased to announce a conversation with Reelblack on Thursday, June 21 from 7-8pm at Slought. Curator Stephanie Renée will be in dialogue with Mike Dennis and Daryl Debrest from the group about the importance of preserving history and archiving as a political and cultural project. This event has been organized in conjunction with the exhibition Photographic Memory, an exhibition of archival imagery by Maurice Sorrell (1914-1998), on display at Slought from June 21, 2018 to July 21, 2018.

Mike Dennis and Daryl Debrest of Reelblack turned their cameras on the explosive underground Philadelphia arts scene that helped to create what many cultural critics have dubbed the "neosoul movement." At Slought, they will discuss the power of recognizing and capturing a moment, and how changes in technology facilitated their ability to stay ahead of the curve.

Audience members are also invited to bring a favorite photograph from their personal collections to this event, to be scanned and shared with visitors to the exhibit. Subject matter and image size may vary. The only qualifying criteria is that the image has meaning for the participant! The images and the brief caption you provide will be gathered and arranged as a slideshow for the Slought website, reflecting the diversity of perspective and experience of those who have engaged the installation. It is a celebration of life, through your lens.

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Michael Dennis (a.k.a. Mike D.) is a graduate of both NYU Film School and The American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He has been making film professionally in Philadelphia since 2002. Under the banner of Reelblack, he curates and hosts movie events, a weekly radio show with Stephanie Renée on WURD and produces Reelblack TV for PhillyCAM and YouTube. He currently is working on several documentary projects dealing with Black Film, Black Culture and Black Consciousness.