Performance Review by Endia Beal
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9.5 x 12 vertical, hardcover; ~60 color images; 128 pages; $50.00
Foreword by Whitney Richardson; additional texts by Priscilla Frank, David I. Walker, and Becky Harlan
*One of Buzzfeed's Top 20 Photobooks of 2020
*Featured in The Atlantic's November 2020 issue
Performance Review, the first monograph by North Carolina-based artist, educator and activist Endia Beal, brings together work from first-hand experiences that highlight the realities and challenges for women of color in the corporate workplace.
Beal’s widely-published videos and photographic series, including “Am I What You’re Looking For?” “Office Scene,” “Can I Touch It?” and “9 to 5” are presented in a book sequence that highlights the ambitions, challenges and negotiations that women of color navigate within the workplace.
Beal’s signature directness and visual intelligence engages viewers of varying generations and backgrounds in dialogues that accept there is much to questions we push forward during the social evolutions of our time.
The book includes a foreword by Beal’s contemporary and colleague Whitney Richardson, Global Events Manager for The New York Times in London, and contributions by journalists David Walker, Priscilla Frank, and Becky Harlan, who have all written about Beal's work for national publications.
Endia Beal (b. 1985, and now resides in, Winston-Salem NC) is internationally known for her photographic narratives and video testimonials that examine the personal stories of women of color. She lectures about these experiences, which also addresses bias in corporate hiring practices.
Her work has been exhibited in several institutions including the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture in Charlotte, NC; and the AIPAD Photography Show, Open Society Foundation, and Aperture Foundation, New York. Her work is in several private collections.
She is a 2019 Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership and recently completed a residency at Harvard Art Museums. Beal received grants from the Magnum Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, among others. Beal holds a dual B.A. in art history and studio art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MFA from Yale University. www.endiabeal.com
WHITNEY RICHARDSON (b. 1986, Brooklyn; resides in London) is the Global Events Manager of The New York Times, where she brings journalists together with live audiences around the world. Raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, she graduated from Hampton University with a degree in print journalism. Before moving to London, Richardson was a photo editor at The Times, as well as producer of the Lens photography column. Richardson adds, “I have often been mistaken for Endia Beal, as we both wore similarly styled afros early in our photography careers. Every time it happened, I’ve taken it as a compliment.”
David Walker (b. 1961, Vermillion, South Dakota; lives in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania) is a writer. He joined the staff of Photo District News in 1991. He served most recently as Executive Editor there until the magazine ceased publication in January 2020.
Priscilla Frank (lives in Brooklyn) is currently studio manager at YAI Arts, a non-profit organization that supports artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities through providing artistic feedback, encouragement, and advocacy. Frank served as arts and culture editor (2011–2015) and as a reporter (2015–2019) for HuffPost. Frank holds a BA from UC Berkeley.
Becky Harlan (b. 1988, Johnson City, Tennessee; lives in Washington, DC) has been a video producer and visuals editor for National Public Radio (NPR) since 2016. From 2014 to 2016 she was with National Geographic, where she contributed to their photo blog Proof, which won a Webby for Best Use of Photography in 2015. She holds a BA in photography and art history from Furman University, and an MA in new media and photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, where she has also served as adjunct faculty.