Valena Broussard Dismukes, of African, Choctaw, and European heritage, is a Los Angeles based photo-journalist with a special interest in portrait, travel, and street photography. In addition, she is a writer and sculptor. Originally from St. Louis, she moved to California in 1960 and taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District, serving as mentor teacher and compensatory and gifted coordinator. From 1993-95, she was administrative assistant for the Educational Consortium of Central Los Angeles until her departure for a six months tour of Europe with her sister, Mary Ann Rock, who is also an artist.
In the main, people are the center of Dismukes' work. She uses photography to explore and understand the world, as it brings her in contact with fascinating people and their varied histories and cultures. Her travels have taken her to over fifty countries on six continents. She recently returned from Morocco.
Dismukes has been a photographer since 1972. Her photographs have appeared in various publications including World Tennis, Essence, Cowboys and Indians, and Mother Earth. She has participated in over fifty solo and group shows and has been the recipient of grants from the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, the Long Beach Arts Council, the Indiana Humanities Council, and the Missouri History Museum.
A co-founder of the Alliance of Native Americans of Southern California, Dismukes has lectured at numerous institutions on the topic of Black Indians. She is a board member of the American Indian Scholarship Fund of Southern California.
Dismukes is the sole proprietor of Grace Enterprises, that serves as a conduit for her photography and sculpture.
August 9----Books by Valena Dismukes will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the Leimert Park Book Fair. The new location is the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 King Boulevard in Los Angeles. Hours: 10am to 6pm.
For further information, go online to leimertparkbookfair.com.
Dismukes has just returned from a trip to Vietnam, Java, and Bali. Images from the Bali portion of her travels can be seen in the photograph gallery. Stay tuned for those of Vietnam and Java.
Coming in November 2014----a Celtic desk calendar complete with images from Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. It will note, not only the four seasons, but also the quarter days (those days between seasons). And yes, it will use the Celtic names for those days.