People

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

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.

Strong Black Lens: Presented by Strong Black Lead, Strong Black Lens is a 6-part digital series that focuses on the importance of telling our own stories, shaping our own narratives and creating our own legacies… through our own lens. Featuring phenomenal photographers and image-makers of our time, Strong Black Lens is a spotlight on the storytelling power of the still image.

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

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

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 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.

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 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

Publications

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 specialising 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, a skateboard legend, photographer, and musician

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.

Dana Scruggs

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

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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 recognised and well known for their sensual, mysterious & elegant feel; always with a twist of his screwed up sense of humour.
  • 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
  • Chester Higgins – Photographer, author, public speaker
  • 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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