I couldn’t be prouder and more inspired by my brother Shawn Theodore. Aside from being profiled for his work in numerous media outlets from Ebony to The New Yorker to Complex, Shawn also has a beautiful family and continues to push me to grow as a man and as a creative whether he’s aware of it or not lol. Below is what you will see in this mini documentary in the words of it’s insanely brilliant director Morgan Maassen. Love you bro!
This is a portrait of Shawn Theodore, a street photographer in Philadelphia.
Early last year I stumbled upon an Instagram account named XST. A collection of powerful, vibrant photos of Philadelphia’s population sprinkled his account, immediately captivating me. As I quietly admired his work, the mystery of both the man posting them and his methods of creation toyed with my imagination. By late fall, my curiosity piqued, and so I stepped outside my comfort circle and reached out to him. I flew across the country and was received by one of the kindest, warmest humans I’ve ever met. Shawn Theodore, a creative director by day and moonlighting street photographer, showed me around the city and let me ride co-pilot as he went about his fantastic passion of photographing the wild colors and people of one of America’s oldest working-class cities.
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