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Portrait by Josiah Esowe, 2019

Andre D. Wagner (b. 1986) is an African-American artist and photographer born in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a 2010 graduate of Buena Vista University with a BA in Social Work. In 2014 Wagner purchased his first Leica and began to photograph on the streets of New York City.

Wagner's photography explores the poetic and lyrical nuance of daily life and everyday people. His practice fits squarely into the lineage of street photography while also making work that points to the social and political issues affecting African Americans today. His work often explores the intersection of race and class, its relationship to wealth inequality, to the importance of family and community. He works from a place that’s very personal but is also asking the viewer to connect their own experiences to it.

Wagner continues to work in the tradition and develops his own black and white negatives and makes silver gelatin prints in his personal darkroom. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 


Solo Exhibitions

American Survey Pt. 2 Tell It Like It Is, PAPILLION, Los Angeles, 2015 

Life As I See It, Culture Fix, New York, NY, 2014 

Life As I See It, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY 2014

Group Exhibitoins

Encounter, Moms Gallery, 2019

Future Continuous: Kambui Olujimi and Andre D. Wagner, Studio Museum, George Bruce Library, 2019

Hit the Streets: Four Decades of NY Street Photography, Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY 2015

Brooklyn Boat Block Party, Petit Bain, Paris, France 2014

Publications

Here For The Ride (Monograph), Creative Future, 2017  

The Purist - Parades Vol. 2, 2015 

The Purist Vol. 1, 2014

Black Boys (Book), Creative Future, 2013

Artist Talks

The New York Times Street Style Panel, Samsung 837, New York 2017  

The Great Discontent Live, Cheryl Dunn and Andre Wagner, Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, 2016

Global Kids, Bronx, 2016 

Leica StoreWashington, D.C. 2015

Documentary Style & The Analog Process, B&H Photo, New York, 2015

Hit The Streets, Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn, 2015 

Apple Store (Meatpacking), New York, 2014

Digital Dumbo, 2014