Photography as Documentation, Empowerment, and Love

Sat., March 21 & 28, 1 – 4 p.m.
$80 ($60 for M members)
This is a two part class. Ages 16+

Roosevelt Mansfield is a photographer, educator, connector, and owner of DigieMade LLC, under which DigieMade Photography rests. In this class, Mansfield will shed light on how to make photos that center human experience, in all its dynamism and complexity. He will incorporate images of Gordon Parks and Jamel Shabazz, on view in the museum’s gallery, as examples of noticing the world around you and seeing art in everything. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot their own work; all experience levels are welcome.

Scholarships are available on request on a first come, first served basis. Classes are always free at the M for Native community members. Contact or call (651) 797-2571 for more information.

Teaching artist Roosevelt Mansfield is a self-taught photographer who loves capturing “moments.” He’s always been fascinated by family and finds inspiration in, “being able to look at yourself and see your family’s history in your facial features, in your body type, and the way you move.” At 15, Mansfield met his grandmother for the first time recalling, “… I walked through the door, my grandmother saw me, covered her eyes, and started to scream. I was terrified. Once my grandmother calmed down she explained to me how she thought her father walked in the door—a man whom I’ve never met, a man who is no longer on this earth, a man with whom I share likeness.” Mansfield describes himself as having always seen things differently and he uses the camera to share his unique vision. He’s the owner of DigieMade LLC and Metro Regional Manager of the Sanneh Foundation’s Dreamline program.