Griff Davis & Langston Hughes, Letters and Photographs 1947-1967: A Global Friendship

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
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Griff Davis © Griffith J. Davis Photographs & Archives Langston Hughes sits at his typewriter in his home in Harlem (book cover of Langston Hughes' "The Ways of White Folks”)

The Griff Davis exhibition is now available to view at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Join us this Friday, January 24 from 5-7 PM as we host an opening reception for this historic exhibition.

Produced by Dorothy Davis of Griffith J. Davis Photographs & Archives and curated by FMoPA, the exhibition brings to the public a selection from the archives of 62 never-before-seen photographs and material reflecting the decades-long friendship between the photographer, journalist, and Senior Foreign Service Officer Griffith J. Davis and the renowned poet Langston Hughes.

These extraordinary photographs are complemented by an exchange of letters reflecting decades of personal correspondence- including Davis’ job as the first roving reporter at Ebony Magazine and his 35-year career as a pioneer U.S. Foreign Service Officer in Liberia. For his friend Langston Hughes, Davis provided a window into the emerging independence movement in Africa and helped identify African literary talent.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
January 24, 2020
April 19, 2020
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