Douglas was ‘Minister of Culture’ at The Black Panther Party for the duration of its active years – 1966 to 1982.
The distinctive visual look of the Black Panther Party was as a result of the creative direction of Douglas – and that’s a BIG achievement because their visual game was STRONG.
NOTHING looked or sounded like The Black Panther Party – nor has it since.

As featured in The Modernist Magazine.
Photos taken whilst visiting the the pop-up exhibition: Beyond the Streets by Roger Gastman, NYC 2019.
Emory Douglas portrait by Bryan Shih.

I’d written a piece for The Modernist 35: JOURNEY called The Way to San Jose – a completely improbable journey across the states highlighted by America’s iconic road signs. I’d spent many blissful hours photographing a completely deserted LA lockdown and had collected lots of photos of them.
But why stop at LA.
This piece features signs from most of the places I’ve passed through during the last 10 years. Or at least it will when it’s finished. It’s an ongoing project, follow me @under_rocks_sarah_feeney for updates.