Ubuntu: a quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity. It is also the name of Germantown’s new fine art gallery.
Ubuntu is far more than just a name for Steven CW Taylor’s gallery. Ubuntu is an ethos and a way of life. The word expresses a South African proverb; as the universal bond of sharing that connects all of humanity often expressed as:
“I am, because we are.”
A suitable name for the fine art gallery in historic Germantown, with high hopes to bring people together and allow the community to travel the world through his photography. Seeing his photos, you feel like you can walk directly into them. Like they are portals transporting you to the places and moments he’s captured.
His goal is to give the people of his city and hometown an opportunity to see the world through his lens.
Ubuntu Fine Art Gallery showcases his original photographs of many diverse people, landscapes and animals captivating you into seeing the beauty in everyday life. Taylor hopes that this will inspire his community to not only be able to appreciate fine art, but to see the world for themselves.
Taylor, formally an engineer, inspires others to believe that they can be anything they want to be, and go anywhere they want to go, you just need the will to want to and the motivation to do so.
As the first and only Black-owned and single artist fine art photography gallery in Philadelphia, Ubuntu, is a unique space for everyone. Currently, there are 21 pieces in the collection at the gallery. Each individual piece is limited.
Appealing to a range of customers and collectors, Taylor’s pieces are produced using archival paper and ink, which Taylor says can last up to 150 years with proper care and conditions. His pieces can literally last a lifetime, or two. Every print purchased, comes with gloves, care instructions and a certificate of authenticity.
Taylor also has plans to create his very own paper to print on, striving towards his work being one hundred percent fully produced by Taylor, himself.
Entry to the gallery is free and it is open to the community Thursday through Sunday 11 am-6 pm and by appointment only, Monday through Wednesday.
For more information on Ubuntu, visit ubuntufa.com or stop into the Gallery and get lost in his work at 5423 Germantown Avenue.