Press and Reviews


I remember as if it were yesterday the moment the Underground Railroad in all its abiding mystery, hope and terror took possession of my imagination. The Underground Railroad seems to stimulate the imagination of people of all races, creeds and nationalities. From children to senior citizens, these mysteries create excitement. Through my many years of research, study and travel, I have concluded the Underground Railroad was actually the first Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America.

”Through Darkness to Light” brings to mind the importance of the North Star, known to Harriet Tubman as the Freedom Star, in her quest to guide her passengers to the promised land.
— Charles L. Blockson

EYES ON THE SOUTH:  THE LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM   December 12, 2017

EYES ON THE SOUTH: THE LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM
December 12, 2017


Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales has painstakingly documented each step of the perilous journey many took through plantations, forests and swamps to sympathetic abolitionists and ultimately freedom. Her foreboding images printed together in her book highlight the dangers that both the fleeing slaves and those who helped them faced as they gave their lives in the quest of freedom and justice.
— UK Daily Mail


The series of photographs flips from deserted planations in Louisiana to empty railroad bridges in Indiana, with every image cloaked by dark light. The images, shot at night, emote vastness and strangeness — you can feel how remote these places might have felt to travelers passing through.
— CityLab from The Atlantic
The photographs are the subject of a beautiful book published by Princeton Architectural Press with an incredibly moving preface by no less a figure in African-American history than Andrew J. Young and fascinating essays by scholars who have already published extensively on the subject of the Underground Railroad.
— Dallas Morning News



Michna-Bales’s images explore the famous passageway in an unprecedented way. Her contemporary perspective stirs our senses, with the quiet environments inviting us to not only reflect on these covert, risk-filled voyages but to also imagine ourselves embarking on one of our own.
— Hyperallergic

IN THE IN-BETWEEN   By Gregory Eddi Jones April 13, 2018

IN THE IN-BETWEEN
By Gregory Eddi Jones
April 13, 2018

ARTNET NEWS   By Sarah Cascone & Taylor Dafoe April 6, 2018

ARTNET NEWS
By Sarah Cascone & Taylor Dafoe
April 6, 2018

COLLECTOR DAILY   by Loring Knoblauch April 6, 2018

COLLECTOR DAILY
by Loring Knoblauch
April 6, 2018

INLANDEMPIRE.US   November 7, 2017

INLANDEMPIRE.US
November 7, 2017

LIBRARY JOURNAL   by Michael Dashkin September 28, 2017

LIBRARY JOURNAL
by Michael Dashkin
September 28, 2017

MISS ROSEN PRESENTS   by Sara Rosen September 6, 2017

MISS ROSEN PRESENTS
by Sara Rosen
September 6, 2017

NEW BOOKS NETWORK   by James P. Stencil II June 23, 2017

NEW BOOKS NETWORK
by James P. Stencil II
June 23, 2017

OBSERVER   by Kaitlyn Flannagan June 22, 2017

OBSERVER
by Kaitlyn Flannagan
June 22, 2017

C-VILLE WEEKLY   by Raennah Lorne June 14, 2017

C-VILLE WEEKLY
by Raennah Lorne
June 14, 2017

HUCK MAGAZINE   June 13, 2017

HUCK MAGAZINE
June 13, 2017

PASATIEMPO   by Paul Weideman June 2, 2017

PASATIEMPO
by Paul Weideman
June 2, 2017

PHOTOGRAPH MAGAZINE   by Stephanie Cash May/June 2017

PHOTOGRAPH MAGAZINE
by Stephanie Cash
May/June 2017

PHOTO-EYE BLOG   May 31, 2017

PHOTO-EYE BLOG
May 31, 2017

LAKEWOOD ADVOCATE   by Emily Charrier May 29, 2017

LAKEWOOD ADVOCATE
by Emily Charrier
May 29, 2017

AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY'S PRO PHOTO DAILY   by David Schonauer May 29, 2017

AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY'S PRO PHOTO DAILY
by David Schonauer
May 29, 2017

MOCA JACKSONVILLE   Featured Exhibition May 16, 2015

MOCA JACKSONVILLE
Featured Exhibition
May 16, 2015

MUSEE MAGAZINE   by Tyler Austin May 1, 2017

MUSEE MAGAZINE
by Tyler Austin
May 1, 2017

HYPERALLERGIC   by Claire Voon April 28, 2017

HYPERALLERGIC
by Claire Voon
April 28, 2017

MENTAL FLOSS   by Shaunacy Ferro April 19, 2017

MENTAL FLOSS
by Shaunacy Ferro
April 19, 2017

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE   by Becca Martin-Brown April 14, 2017

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE
by Becca Martin-Brown
April 14, 2017

UK DAILY MAIL   April 8, 2017

UK DAILY MAIL
April 8, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE PODCASTING NETWORK   Home Grown on the Arts [time code 33:08 mark] March 26, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE PODCASTING NETWORK
Home Grown on the Arts [time code 33:08 mark]
March 26, 2017

BURNAWAY   Megan Murdie March 21, 2017

BURNAWAY
Megan Murdie
March 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES TIMES   by Stuart Miller March 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES TIMES
by Stuart Miller
March 16, 2017

F-STOP MAGAZINE   by Cary Benbow February 25, 2017

F-STOP MAGAZINE
by Cary Benbow
February 25, 2017

EVANSTON HISTORY CENTER   February 24, 2017

EVANSTON HISTORY CENTER
February 24, 2017

GLASSTIRE   by Colette Copeland February 11, 2017

GLASSTIRE
by Colette Copeland
February 11, 2017

THE EYE OF PHOTOGRAPHY   February 9, 2017

THE EYE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
February 9, 2017

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION   by Kelundra Smith February 8, 2017

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION
by Kelundra Smith
February 8, 2017

CITYLAB from THE ATLANTIC   by Krutika Pathi February 1, 2017

CITYLAB from THE ATLANTIC
by Krutika Pathi
February 1, 2017

KONBINI   by Lise Lanot February 2017

KONBINI
by Lise Lanot
February 2017

CHICAGO TRIBUNE   by Evanston History Center January 26, 2017

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
by Evanston History Center
January 26, 2017

VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW   by Allison Wright January 3, 2017

VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW
by Allison Wright
January 3, 2017

NEW ORLEANS PHOTO ALLIANCE   Two Projects: An Overview December 10, 2016

NEW ORLEANS PHOTO ALLIANCE
Two Projects: An Overview
December 10, 2016

BLINK   by Laurence Cornet February 15, 2016

BLINK
by Laurence Cornet
February 15, 2016

IN SIGHT from THE WASHINGTON POST   by May-Ying Lam February 1, 2016

IN SIGHT from THE WASHINGTON POST
by May-Ying Lam
February 1, 2016

NBC4 WASHINGTON DC   May 10, 2016 [time code 11:50 mark]

NBC4 WASHINGTON DC
May 10, 2016
[time code 11:50 mark]

WABE ATLANTA'S NPR   City Lights with Lois Reitzes February 7, 2016

WABE ATLANTA'S NPR
City Lights with Lois Reitzes
February 7, 2016

WJCT NPR RADIO JACKSONVILLE, FL   by Peter Haden May 18, 2015

WJCT NPR RADIO JACKSONVILLE, FL
by Peter Haden
May 18, 2015

OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS   Moving Walls 23 | Journeys October 22, 2015

OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS
Moving Walls 23 | Journeys
October 22, 2015

WIRED RAW FILE | THROUGH DARKNESS   by Jakob Schiller July 10, 2014

WIRED RAW FILE | THROUGH DARKNESS
by Jakob Schiller
July 10, 2014

LENSCRATCH | CENTER   by Aline Smithson May 20, 2014

LENSCRATCH | CENTER
by Aline Smithson
May 20, 2014

A PHOTO EDITOR   by Jonathan Blaustein September 2, 2014

A PHOTO EDITOR
by Jonathan Blaustein
September 2, 2014

FEATURE SHOOT   by Ellyn Kail September 30, 2014

FEATURE SHOOT
by Ellyn Kail
September 30, 2014

FSTOPPERS   by Ruby Love December 26, 2014

FSTOPPERS
by Ruby Love
December 26, 2014

CANADA AM   July 16,2014

CANADA AM
July 16,2014

HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY   32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition July 11, 2014

HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition
July 11, 2014