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MAASAI Photography


Reggae International, by Peter Simon & Stephan Davis
NY: Simon & Shuster, 1983

The Boston Phoenix (formerly The Real Paper)
SoHo News, New York City

The Beat, Los Angeles, CA
BOOM magazine, (cover shot)
Musician, Boston, MA
New Artist, Boston, MA
Reggae Report, Miami, FL

CD covers
The Raphe Malik Quartet, Looking East, Boxholder Records, 2001

Freelance Photographer

Official Photographer, Discover Jazz Festival
Burlington, VT

Staff Photographer, The Art of Black Dance & Music
Somerville, MA
Contracted to document performance and workshop tours of dance & music corps

Photography and Music Instructor, International Arts Program
Brimmer May School, Chestnut Hill, MA

Photodocumentary Consultant, Grassroots International
Cambridge, MA
Accompanied Staff members of Church World Services & USAID as photographic documentarian of delivery of aid to Eritrea.

Project Assistant, to publication of Reggae International
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Translated interviews, contributed photographs and printed photographs for book publication.

2004 African American Making History Today Award
Renaissance Charter School, Boston, MA

1979–1981 Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
Studies in photojournalism under Jerry Berndt

1971-1973 Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Studies in the Black Music Program under Cecil Taylor

1969-1971 Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Certificate of Musical Composition & Arranging

1966-1968 United States Army, stationed in Augsburg, Germany
Honorably discharged


Anthony Owens, founder of MAASAI Photography

In 1959 with the issue of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” album, I became passionately aware of this new art form, jazz. My first momentous visual experience came from a Blue Note Jazz Magazine that a neighbor gave me. As a student and observer of history, I had noticed early on the lack of images representing the great black historical figures as well as contemporary artists and leaders of color. It was the power of those early Blue Note images that led me to pursue the medium of photography. While studying photojournalism at the Art Institute of Boston during the early 1980s, a mentor pointed out that since I was also a musician, who better to photograph musicians than a fellow musician? Since that time, I have centered my personal work on the documentation of jazz, reggae, and African performing artists & musicians. My journey has led me to try to fill the gap of visual representation I noticed as a teenager, with images of black life and art. Along the way, I've learned that I love providing people with images of themselves that truly convey the qualities that make them unique.