Hank Willis Thomas

Swoosh: Looking Black at Nike, Moses, and Jordan in the '80s

Hank Thomas received a BFA in photography and Africana studies from New York University in 1998. As a visual artist and a writer, he is interested in notions of identity perception, commodity culture, and the impact of violence in African American communities. His photographs have been published in numerous books, including Reflections in Black: A History of African American Photographers (W. W. Norton, 2000); 25 Under 25 (Power House, 2003); and Black: A Celebration of Culture (Hylas Publishing, 2004), and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. Most recently, his work was included in Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Thomas graduated from CCA with dual degrees: an MFA in photography and an MA in visual criticism.