Futures Council

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe


Photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe has produced a wide-ranging body of work examining the ramifications of the historical outcomes of slavery, the expressly intimate moments of a family in the face of personal tragedy and a broad engagement of the history of photography. 

She has had many solo exhibitions including ones at Bill Hodges Gallery (New York, New York), the California African American Museum (Los Angeles, California), The Excelsior (Florence, Italy), the Galerie Hervé Odermatt (Paris, France), the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture (Charlotte, North Carolina) and the Leica Gallery (New York, New York). Her work has appeared in numerous publications, such as Life, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Essence, People and The New York Times and she is the author of five books, including the 25th Anniversary Edition of Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, winner of the Essence Literary Award in photography. 

Moutoussamy-Ashe has lectured at various educational and cultural institutions around the country and taught photography to high school and college level students. In 1995, President Clinton appointed her as an alternate representative of the United States to the United Nations General Assembly. Currently, she is a director of the Arthur Ashe Endowment for the Defeat of AIDS and served on the President’s Council of The Cooper Union, of which she is also a former Alumni Trustee. In 2011 she traveled to Nepal on behalf of healthcare organizations to document healthcare workers’ efforts to address medical issues in the country.

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