Photographers

The art of photography takes many forms. Thanks to the photographers, photo editors, etc. who willingly share so we can learn from their experiences.

Listed here are resources to expand your vision by learning to see differently, and to improve your craft. Learn from the experiences and lessons learned from others.

Podcasts / Photographer Interviews

Collectives, Clubs, MeetUps

Organizations / Databases

  • Black Women Photographers promotes and encourages inclusive hiring practices. The database highlights any and all Black women who elect to be submitted. Through honest dialogue via social conversations and workshops, the platform seeks to ensure more Black women are empowered to make the industry as colorful as it ought to be.
  • Women Photograph is a non-profit to elevate the voices of women visual journalists. The private database includes more than 1,000 independent documentary photographers based in 100+ countries. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants, a year-long mentorship program, an annual skills-building workshop, and a travel fund to help women photographers access professional development opportunities.
  • The Exposure Group African American Photographers Association is a participatory member-driven professional photographers association dedicated towards improving the skills, professionalism, and productivity of its members through information, education, and demonstration.
  • Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers (CAAAP)’s mission is to photographically document the culture, society, and history of African-Americans, its communities, residents and their ethnic exchange in the Greater Chicago area and throughout the world. To promote the work of professional and amateur photographers through sponsored exhibitions, publications, lectures and education in the field of photography, and its related genre. To Use our photographic images and expertise to inform the public and our community about the importance of photography as an informative and creative medium of expression.
  • World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography which activates initiatives, in over 50 countries each year, that help support artists working in the medium of photography. From international exhibition tours, online competitions, and prestigious awards to collaborative projects and high-end art fairs, we embrace photography in all its forms, and are dedicated to the success of our community of artists and photographers.
  • Professional Photographers of America (PPA): A nonprofit that was created by photographers, for photographers in order to help those who want to take photography and entrepreneurship to the next level and develop profitable and sustainable businesses.
  • American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) – trade association for publication photographers. Since 1994, ASMP has continued to work for photographers’ interests.

The Art of Photography

The Photographic Eye by Alex Kilbee

  • A channel dedicated to helping you discover more about the art and history of photography, so you can become a better photographer.

The Art of Photography by Eric Kim

  • Practical tips, insights, and advice on how to be a more ‘artistic’ photographer.

Galleries / Expos / History

Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

  • A film by Thomas Allen Harris
  • Explores the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human.
  • PBS.org Independent Lens: The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.
  • Watch on YouTube: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

ICON – Music Through The Lens

  • A six-part series taking viewers on a fascinating journey through the history and cultural impact of music photography.
  • Watch on PBS.org

Everybody Street

  • EVERYBODY STREET, directed by Cheryl Dunn (“102 Minutes that Changed America”), highlights the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers, including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell and Jamel Shabazz — and the unparalleled city that has inspired them for decades. This beautifully shot documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the instinctive rush, singular perseverance and the immediate danger customary to these artists.
  • Watch on YouTube

Photoville

  • The Photoville Festival provides an accessible venue for photographers and audiences from every walk of life to engage with each other, and experience thought-provoking photography from across the globe – with free admission for all!

PHOTOPLUS

International Center of Photography

  • The International Center of Photography is a leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to champion “concerned photography”—socially and politically minded images that can educate and change the world. Through our exhibitions, education programs, community outreach, and public programs, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the power of the image.
  • The International Center of Photography (ICP) launched its new integrated center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Fotografiska New York

  • Fotografiska produces a broad range of rotating exhibitions, from easily accessible to hardcore conceptual, shot by grand masters and emerging talent.

Magnum Photos

  • Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices in New York City, Paris, London and Tokyo.

AP Images

  • AP Images, a division of the Associated Press, is the essential source of editorial and creative photographs, videos, graphics and interactives and is the world’s largest collection of historical and contemporary photos.
  • The Associated Press delivers more than 3,000 photos a day from journalists recording news as it happens around the world. For more than a century, AP has captured the greatest moments in history, breaking news, sports, politics and entertainment. AP’s photography has won numerous awards, including 31 photo Pulitzers, the most of any news organization.

Photographers

Gordon Parks

Roy DeCarava

  • Roy Rudolph DeCarava (December 9, 1919 – October 27, 2009) was an African American artist. DeCarava received early critical acclaim for his photography, initially engaging and imaging the lives of African Americans and jazz musicians in the communities where he lived and worked. Over a career that spanned nearly six decades, DeCarava came to be known as a founder in the field of black and white fine art photography, advocating for an approach to the medium based on the core value of an individual, subjective creative sensibility, which was separate and distinct from the “social documentary” style of many predecessors. (Wikipedia.org)
  • The Sweet Flypaper of Life, DeCarava’s best-selling 1955 collaboration with the poet Langston Hughes. It is a pictorial narrative of family life in Harlem with photographs by DeCarava and text by Langston Hughes. DeCarava wrote ”in spite of poverty, you see people with dignity and a certain quality that contrasts with where they live and what they’re doing.”
  • David Zwirner has exclusive worldwide representation of the Estate of Roy DeCarava. Zwirner has articles on DeCarava, and organizes discussions and exhibitions of DeCarava’s work.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Ruddy Roye

Dawoud Bey

Dana Scruggs

Paul Samuel Henderson

Ray Barbee, a skateboard legend, photographer, and musician

Shamayim Shacaro

  • A photographer with a concentration in fashion, editorial, advertising, and beauty.
  • His work can be seen gracing magazines and advertising campaigns in the United States, South Africa, Egypt, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, The Caribbean, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Shamayim was honored as TIME Magazine’s “12 African American Photographers You Should Follow Right Now“.
  • Expeditions to unique and exotic places for Photographers, Models, Makeup Artist, Wardrobe Stylist, Hair Stylist, and Videographers.
  • Each year Shamayim host a promotional studio workshop for fashion photographers.

Alison Wright

  • Alison Wright, photographer, author, speaker. Globally documenting endangered cultures and issues concerning the human condition for editorial, commercial and non-profit clients.
  • Alison was named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels with a sense of passion and purpose.
  • Instagram: @AlisonWrightPhoto
  • Faces of Hope Fund

More…

  • Hugh Brownstone – Hugh is the owner and founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant. He is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and YouTuber; producer of the environmental web series Mariner East.
  • Trey Ratcliff is an artist on a somewhat quixotic mission to help spread consciousness and mindfulness to the world through photography and creativity. Running the #1 travel photography blog in the world, StuckInCustoms.com, has taken him to all seven continents over the past decade, and Google has tracked more than 140 billion views of his photos, all while building a social media presence.
  • Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer, filmmaker, and visual anthropologist whose work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix, and many other magazines. He has worked with countless musical artists, including Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Phish, moe., Tom Waits, the Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana, and, the Grateful Dead to name just a few.
  • Damien Lovegrove
  • Deborah Willis
  • Platon (born Platon Antoniou) is a British portrait and documentary photographer.
    • Platon was profiled in the first season of the Netflix docu-series Abstract: The Art of Design (“Platon: Photography” S01E07)
    • His photographs have been featured on the cover of well-known magazines including TimeEsquireGeorge, and the New Yorker.
    • Platon founded the People’s Portfolio, a non-profit foundation that aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination, and enlists the public to support human rights around the world.
  • Yagazie Emezi is a documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria focused on stories surrounding African women and their health, sexuality, education and human rights.
  • Jay Myself documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.
  • Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay (DoNotBendFilm.com)
  • Haze Kware, photographer and videographer. Works with dancers, circus artists, and athletes, in non-standard locations. Hk Visuals on YouTube.com
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