© Jules Allen, ca. 1979, Gleason’s Gym, Brooklyn, NYC

“My whole theme as a photographer was I was interested in photographing African-American culture more than anything else,” said Mr. Allen, who has long taught at Queensborough Community College. “I wanted to show a culture of activity. I was tired of seeing photographs of black people sitting on the porch doing nothing. Being victimized. Being dependent. We do things.” (Jules Allen)