The Exposure Group African American Photographers Association is celebrating its history and presenting “In the Beginning: 1978 Evolution of POSITIVE IMAGE,” an in-depth discussion with the founding members of Positive Images, later renamed The Exposure Group African American Photographers Association.

The event, which is dedicated to late founding member Harlee Hoover Little Jr., will focus on the history of photography in Washington and include discussions led by Edgar Thompson, Gene Young, Julia Jones, Marisa Pam Nixon, Marvin T. Jones, Milton Williams, Roy Lewis, Sharon Farmer, Vernard Gray and Winnie Day. David Hamilton, a member of The Exposure Group, moderates.

As a backdrop, the founding members will also discuss the stories behind their lens and how their images have impacted African-American culture and communities nationally and internationally.

Currently under the leadership of Bonita F. Bing, the Exposure Group African American Photographers Association’s mission states that the organization is a “participatory member-driven professional photographers association dedicated towards improving the skills, professionalism, and productivity of its members through information, education, and demonstration.”

In the Beginning” takes place Feb, 19, 1-4 p.m. at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. located at 801 K St., N.W. The Historical Society is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.