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Online Panel Talk: Skater Girls
with Jenny Sampson, Becky Beal and Cindy Whitehead
Tuesday, October 6, 2:00-3:30pm
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CPA is pleased to present a special panel talk with Jenny Sampson, Becky Beal and Cindy Whitehead. Jenny Sampson will discuss her body of work and book, Skater Girls. With an introduction of how she began photographing skaters in 2010 using the wet plate process, Jenny will then discuss how that work progressed to concentrating just on the girls. Joining her in conversation will be Becky Beal, professor of Kinesiology and researcher of the cultural and political dynamics of skateboarding. and Cindy Whitehead, one of the first professional female skaters from the 1970’s, Skateboard Hall of Fame Inductee and founder of Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word.

Bios:

Jenny Sampson is a Berkeley-based photographer and received a B.A. in Psychobiology in 1991 at Pitzer College. She dedicates her time to her photographic endeavors: wet plate collodion and traditional black and white photography. She is a member  of the photographic collective @rolls_and_tubes. Jenny has exhibited her work in the United States, United Kingdom and has been published in Zyzzyva, Analog Forever Magazine, BBC, GirlTalkHQ, Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word, The Hand, SHOTS Magazine, All About Photography Magazine, Lenscratch, The Guardian, The Eye of Photography, Cheese Konbini, Bust, Huck, PDN, Metal magazine and Visual Communications Quarterly. Her work is included in the Candela Collection and other private collections. A monograph of her Skater tintype portraits was published in 2017 by Daylight Books and her follow-up series, Skater Girls in September 2020.

Cindy Whitehead was one of the first professional female skateboarders, a Skateboard Hall of Fame Inductee and is now a ‘sports stylist’ for stars around the world. Her first book IT’S NOT ABOUT PRETTY: A Book About Radical Skater Girls was released in 2017. Whitehead is the founder of Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word.

Becky Beal (Ed.D.) is a Professor of Kinesiology at Cal State East Bay where she teaches courses in the sociology and philosophy of sport and has been an active member of the Center for Sport and Social Justice.  She has researched the cultural and political dynamics of skateboarding for 30 years and has authored or co-authored 2 books, 8 peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters, and presented numerous times on the topic.

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