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.
Interviews, Articles, Reviews, Etc.
The New York Times Lens Blog, Photographing New York's Streets, Where 'Everything Feels New'
Los Angeles Times (Review), Andre D. Wagner's stirring photographs tell it like it is
International Center of Photography, After Parks
The Great Discontent, Andre D. Wagner featured in Issue 3
Spiegel, Black, White, Brooklyn
Business Insider, Twenty raw images from the streets of New York
My Morning Routine, What is your morning routine?
Brooklyn Magazine, Andre Wagner's Photographs of Life on the Streets of Brooklyn
Buena Vista University, Streets & Shadows
Photowhoa Blog, New York Portraits That Give Face to Connection
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
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
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
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 Store, Washington, 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