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"7 BILLION ONES: A Randy Bacon Retrospective"


Seven billion one-of-a-kind creations call this planet home – each of these “ones” being important, with a story that counts. Yet, the sad truth is that as humans, as the “ones”, we easily can get lost in the bigness of the world – the seven billion people. Humans lose sight that we each have a unique, compelling and inspiring story that needs to be told AND shared with the world.

Through the lens of multi-award-winning, prominent photographer, filmmaker, speaker and humanitarian Randy Bacon, 7 BILLION ONES documents people of various backgrounds, ages and genders. The exhibit, 7 BILLION ONES: A Randy Bacon Retrospective, features simple, direct, casual studio portraits that emphasize the beauty, dignity, identity and integrity of each person and is accompanied by a heartfelt narrative, as told by the subject sharing their personal story.

Exhibition displayed May 28, 2022 thru September 11, 2022.