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King Barnes participated in the High Museum of Art’s Teen internship program in 2017. During this internship, he exhibited in group shows and was selected to represent the Museum at ICA in Boston alongside Dr.Fahamu Pecou. King worked for the Fulton County Council as an Arts Assistant under the direction of artist Michi Meko. In 2019, under the direction of Kristan Woolford, King was recognized as the APS Film and Video Student of the Year. King was awarded a scholarship that he used to purchase his first camera.
In the fall of 2019, King began studying film at Georgia Gwinnett College, however, due to COVID-19, he was forced to leave school and return home. Faced with the uncertainty and social unrest, he used his camera to document the Atlanta BLM protest which resulted in a collection of historic images and two self-published books “NIGHT OPPS’’ Vol.1 & 2