With films like Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” coming under fire for whitewashing biblical history, one photographer chose to go against the grain. In 2014 photographer James C. Lewis debuted his photo series titled ‘Icons of the Bible’. The series featured figures from both Old and New Testament portrayed by people of color. According to an interview with Huffington Post, the 70 models used in the project are Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian:
“I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes,” Lewis told The Huffington Post. “The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view.”
This video gives a thorough recap of the exhibit.
Do you like Lewis’ revision of biblical figures?