Ken McFarlane

Ken McFarlane

2019-1 | February - June 2019

My name is Ken McFarlane, I am a West Philadelphia based documentary and portrait photographer focused on creating and presenting images and stories from the standpoint of resident observer reflecting the local community as a member offering the outside world a view from within. My mission is to produce a documentary portrait of West Philadelphia a record of our truth, our stories, our histories, our futures. Images that are both evidence and symbol of our existence in this space and time. I do not have the privilege of creating art for art’s sake, for my community I am an advocate for our presence, our resistance, our strength, our beauty, our right to thrive and our right to remain a community.

My most recent bodies of work have focused primarily on the production of visual manifestations and audio histories of Philadelphians as means of documentation for future generations.The intent of the work is to amplify the stories and images of the individual and community to preserve collective memory while encouraging future generations to realize, remember and re-examine the individual and collective image.

Rainbow (1 of 1) copy
Mama Gayle (1 of 1)
Processed with VSCO with acg preset Processed with VSCO with a2 preset

Artists-In-Residence

Cohort 1

Ian Sampson

Cohort 1

Betty Leacraft

Cohort 1

Philippe Leonard

Cohort 1

Kandis Friesen

Cohort 2

Matt Neff

Cohort 2

Black Quantum Futurism Collective

Cohort 2

Macon Reed

Cohort 2

Sasha Phyars-Burgess

Cohort 3

Lucy Pistilli & Brian Bazemore

Cohort 3

John Phillips

Cohort 3

Pato Hebert

Cohort 3

Mark Clare

Cohort 3

Meredith Degyansky

2018-1

Ellen Tiberino

2018-2

Michele Pierson

2019-1

Ken McFarlane

2019-2

Marie Alarcon