400 North Creative
Doug Barrett owner of 400 North Creative
An African American photographer & cinematographer, internationally recognized, currently based in Kansas.
I am a photographer because I believe that relationships foster a deliberate meaningful life. Relationships are the core of collaboration and intimate storytelling. Relationships create change which is a catalyst to the world we want to see.
My work documenting justice issues, and marginalized communities in America is where I find deep relationships and conversations. Apart of a deeply impactful body of work, it’s not lost to me that such a body of work and the magnitude of the issues I covers is far greater than it’s creator, and just as much relies on those who recognize the wide potential of the art and are willing to embrace its message in ways that I alone can’t do alone.
I believe the camera is a tool, in which holds the power when used properly. Being at the intersection of documentation of history and the world for posterity, and the educative process has always been the main force multiplies for my work, both in learning and in sharing. It is my belief, education leads to empathy, compassion, and equality, which is the first step in any change for good or justice.
For me It is about powerful, long-form, visual storytelling. Pictures are great but what is the impact.
Doug completed his undergraduate degree from St Augustine’s University and completed graduate school from Southwestern College where he holds a M.S in IT Cyber Security Administration. Doug has work in the permanent collection at the Ulrich Museum, and the Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art.
FAA Part 107-certified drone pilot.
Doug is a regular contributor on social media; @everydayblackamerica, @everydayprojects, and @everydayruralamerica.
Doug’s editorial clients include Bloomberg News, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Politico, New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Education Week,The Chronicle, CNN, AARP, and has been featured on the Nasdaq billboard in Times Square NYC. Doug has also be featured on VICE, Foxnews, and BBC World News for his work.
His professional organizations include NPPA, ASMP, NABJ, is on the board of advisors for the Friends of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, The Manhattan KS Area of Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chair of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce DEI committee, Chair of the City of Manhattans Arts and Humanities Board, Vice President of the Black Entrepreneurs of the Flint Hills, and Vice President of New Territory Magazine Board of Directors.