“The 100 Strangers Project”

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“The 100 Strangers Project,” photographer Alonzo Williams Jr.’s 13-month-long documentation of random encounters with 100 perfect strangers, opens Thursday, February 11, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Collective.

The exhibit, curated by Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, runs through February 25.

The power in this project uses the collaboration of portrait photography and unscripted conversation to penetrate the misconceptions often impressed upon audiences by social media, television and the entertainment industry. Williams’ encounter with his first 50 strangers during a trip to New York City was a catalyst for this project and ultimately led to his portrayal of the subjects beyond their stereotypical surface images.

The project includes video interviews which reflect moments by the strangers sharing insight into their lives.

This is Williams’ first solo exhibition as a photographer. He credits his career as a photographer to a decision he made when he moved to Houston from Newport News, Va. He recalls his experience with his first point-and-shoot camera in 2008, “It was in pressing and releasing the shutters…in the idea of turning visions into visuals…that I found my purpose.”

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