‘Innervisions’ photography exhibit at Vanderbilt University depicts everyday lives of ordinary and well-known African Americans

Gil Bailey, a commercial photographer for more than 30 years, has captured thousands of people through his lens. His photos depicting inner-city life – the lives of ordinary and well-known African Americans – will be on display Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 30, at Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.

An opening reception for the exhibit, titled “Innervisions,” will be held Monday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. Bailey titled his exhibit after an old Stevie Wonder album, and it features photos ranging from those of black student protests from the 1970s and the quiet dignity of moments of spiritual meditation to family life photos of NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Bailey began working as a freelance photographer while a student at Ohio State and continued to do so during a stint in the military. He studied photography at the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati. In 1977, he opened a photography studio in Cincinnati and later, following a move to Nashville, opened his current studio, The Camera’s Eyee, in East Nashville.

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