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George Edward Freeney Jr.

In 2013, George Edward Freeney Jr. retired from a 13-year tech career in Seattle, Washington, and headed to the Art Institute of San Antonio. He did this to fulfill a lifelong aspiration: becoming a professional photographer and educator.

Two years later, in 2015, Freeney expanded his horizons, working in Europe on a visa. In his spare time, he followed the geographical echoes of his mother’s past, capturing photos inspired by her memories as an Air Force dependent in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Fast forward to 2019: Returning stateside, Freeney settled in Wilson, North Carolina, facing the necessity to reimagine his photography business amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This transformative period birthed his life project, the Black Book: projects. Here, he contributes to the restoration of African American genealogies and uses photography and Augmented Reality to unfold the tales and history of African American descendants in his “Matters of BLACK” initiative.

Today, George stands as a polymathic technologist, photographer, artist, and educator. He continues to cultivate young talent through the [STEAM]: insights Youth Photography Program.