Mike McGregor, "Sugar Hill, Harlem", 2004, Digital C-Print, 40x40"

Mike McGregor, “Sugar Hill, Harlem”, 2004, Digital C-Print, 40×40″

Mike McGregor

Sugar Hill, Harlem, was the epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance and housed a huge population of America’s most influential African-American’s throughout the 20’s and 30’s, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell and Duke Ellington. I moved into the neighborhood in 2003 unaware of its historical significance. One of the first people I met was named Millie, who ran the Sugar Hill Historical Archives. As we became friends, she started explaining the history of the neighborhood to me and I grew interested in creating a photographic archive of the residents of Sugar Hill, 80 years after it became ingrained in American history. This image is part of that series.

Mike McGregor is a portrait photographer currently splitting his time between Brooklyn and New Paltz, New York. He shoots editorially for publications such as New York Magazine, The London Telegraph, Wired, Fast Company and Entertainment Weekly. His commercial clients include IBM, Target, Planned Parenthood and DoubleClick. In addition, Mike dedicates substantial time to multiple personal projects, ranging from explorations of rural Minnesotan life to social examinations of people’s attachment to clothing.