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 by others.

Podcasts / Photographer Interviews

Media: Photography Related Movies, Videos, and TV Shows

  • Strong Black Lens
  • Through a Lens Darkly
  • ICON – Music Through the Lens
  • Everybody Street
  • Wrong Side of the Lens

The Black Shutter Podcast is a series of conversations with Black photographers, filmmakers, editors, and creative business folks. You will hear about their work, their challenges, and their inspirations revolving around photography.

The Photographic Eye by Alex Kilbee

The Art of Photography by Eric Kim

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

Capturing Authentic PortraitsChris Orwig

  • Chris Orwig shows you how to capture authentic portraits, from posing your subjects, getting photography clients, maintaining client relationships and photographing emotions.

Adorama on Vimeo

Behind the Shutter’s Creator Series is a web series, featuring some of the best up and coming photographers in the country. Everything from lighting, posing, and composition will be put to the test.


Peter Magubane

Peter Magubane (1932 – 2024), a fearless photographer who captured the violence and horror of South Africa’s brutal apartheid era of racial oppression.

  • Magubane was especially acclaimed for his coverage of the Soweto uprisings on 16 June 1976.
  • Magubane was Nelson Mandela’s official photographer from his release from prison in 1990 until his presidency in 1994 after South Africa’s first democratic elections.
  • While Magubane photographed some of the most brutal violence, he also created searing images of everyday life under apartheid that resonated just as much.
  • South African anti-apartheid photographer Peter Magubane dies by Carien du Plessis

Gordon Parks

Kwame Brathwaite

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. (
  • 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

Peter Lindbergh

Ruddy Roye

Chester Higgins

Agenda Brown

Agenda Brown as the creative protagonist of Visual Marvelry and generator of visual stories, possesses a rare ability to capture his subjects in a discerning manner, whilst evoking empathy for his subjects, and is a natural observer of commonality and differences in all of us.

Bruce Talamon

Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey is an American photographer and educator known for his large-scale art photography and street photography portraits, including American adolescents in relation to their community, and other often marginalized subjects.

Misan Harriman

Misan Harriman is a Nigerian-born British photographer, entrepreneur and social activist. As well as being one of the most widely-shared photographers of the Black Lives Matter movement, Harriman is the first black man to photograph a cover of British Vogue in the magazine’s 104-year history.

Michael A. McCoy

Michael A. McCoy is a Washington D.C. based freelance photojournalist and a two-time combat veteran. In his work as a photographer, he sees himself as a visual storyteller. He is devoted to his documentary and environmental portraiture work which includes his personal project Invisible Wounds which explores the lingering impact of PTSD on veterans.

Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis is a contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator. Among her awards and honors, she was a 2000 MacArthur Fellow. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. Wikipedia

Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold was one of the great compassionate photographers of the 20th century. The first female photographer for Magnum, her work with people all over the world has left a collection of images that speak volumes about her love of live. But it is her photography of Marilyn Monroe that shows us the true nature of how she photographed.

Alfred George Bailey

  • Is a London based film director who started his creative journey as a photographer specializing in reportage, music, portraiture, dance and street photography Alfred is also a former professional musician (jazz drummer). And has worked with musicians for over 25 years
  • Gregory Porter: Don’t Forget Your Music was his debut feature film as director and cinematographer.
  • Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall, about the life & times of the infamous music photographer who captured some the most iconic musicians across many genres and pivotal moments in social history.
  • Instagram: @AlfredGeorgeBailey
  • Twitter: @AGBFilmDirector

Paul Samuel Henderson

Charlie Daniels (The Master Blaster)

Ray Barbee

Ray Barbee, a skateboard legend, photographer, and musician

Charlie Phillips

Charlie Phillips is a Jamaican-born restaurateur, photographer, and documenter of black London. He is now best known for his photographs of Notting Hill during the period of West Indian migration to London; however, his subject matter has also included film stars and student protests, with his photographs having appeared in Stern, Harper’s Bazaar, Life and Vogue and in Italian and Swiss journals.

Gregory Heisler

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.
  • Instagram: @Shamayim

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

Dana Scruggs

Peter Coulson

  • Peter Coulson, known as the modern age black-and-white master of Photography, specializes in the genres of beauty, fashion and fetish. His images are recognized and well known for their sensual, mysterious & elegant feel; always with a twist of his screwed up sense of humor.
  • Tutorials and Q&A’s on YouTube

Dudley Edmondson

  • Dudley Edmondson is the author of the book, “Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places,” profiling African Americans in nontraditional vocations and avocations in the outdoors.
  • Over the last 30 years Dudley Edmondson has become an established Photographer, Author, Filmmaker and Presenter. His photography has been featured in galleries and publications around the world. His photographic work and adventure travels have taken him to so many amazing places from the Arctic Circle of Alaska to the Bahamas.
  • Instagram: @sonycamera2016

Trey Ratcliff

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,, 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

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


Platon (born Platon Antoniou) is a British portrait and documentary photographer.

  • Abstract: The Art of Design | Platon: Photography from the first season of the Netflix docuseries 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

Yagazie Emezi is a documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria focused on stories surrounding African women and their health, sexuality, education and human rights.

Haze Kware

Haze Kware, photographer and videographer. Works with dancers, circus artists, and athletes, in non-standard locations. Hk Visuals on

Jay Maisel

  • 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 (
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