Behind the scenes: The Carolina’s Human Heart photo shoot

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our magazine cover in this photo shoot for “Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the Arts and Humanities,” featuring assistant professor of music Chérie Ndaliko and spoken word poet Will McInerney. The creative concept and photography were the brainchild of Steve Exum ’92 and his team.



Chérie Ndaliko enjoys a laugh with photographer Steve Exum during the cover shoot.

Will McInerney

Will McInerney poses with a barbed wire frame Exum studios created for the photo shoot.


Steve Exum photographs Chérie’s husband, Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, a filmmaker. Chérie and Petna run Yolé!Africa, a youth organization in eastern Congo.


Steve Exum works to get the perfect shot.

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