Artist, educator and entrepreneur, Charles is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and owner of Sankofa Photography, which pursues an artistic mission based on the Akan philosophy Sankofa: Go back and fetch the story of your past, to understand who you are today. Charles’ images reflect his dedication to preserving the history and heritage of individuals and communities. His current work focuses on Manhood. In addition, Charles recently published a book of photography and stories with author Valaida Fullwood called GIVING BACK: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists http://bit.ly/htLxQU
His work has been featured on the cover of The Charlotte Post and Charlotte’s Cultural Calendar and in The Charlotte Observer and La Noticia. Exhibitions of his photography have appeared at the LATIBAH Museum, the Afro-American Cultural Center (now the Gantt Center), and Macy’s department store. Commercial clients have included: Wells Fargo/Wachovia, Charlotte Catholic Diocese, Council for Children's Rights, Community Building Initiative and many more.
Charles is the former Education Director at The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film (TLF). At TLF, he challenged youth and adult students to create visual art that reflects the story of self, family and community. Charles worked with thousands of students k-12 each year, teaching the power of photography and digital media. To learn more about Charles' education programs visit his blog at http://www.sankofaphoto.wordpress.com
A photographer and educator for over 12 years, Charles graduated from Duke University with a degree in Economics and studied Photography at Central Piedmont Community College. His international travels include: India, South Africa, Mexico, Puerto Rico, several European countries, and most recently China.