Barron Clairborne (BC AFRICANUS) was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a self-taught photographer and began taking photographs at the age of ten after receiving a camera as a gift from his mother (Betty Lou). Clairbone works primarily in large format. In 19990, he moved to New York City. For the past three years, he has worked on a project which involved 8×10 Polarooids of the body, women (Venus Aurea saints and goddesses (Sanctified). The inspiration for his work is both historical and mythological. The symbolic imagery represents dreams, stories, and the oral traditions of his Southern and African ancestry.