8 Black Photographers Who Capture The Most Dope Content

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Photography is a field that has long been dominated by an apparent lack of diversity in front of and behind the lens. Today – and more than ever – creatives are changing the narrative when it comes to the representation of the black community. From intimate slices of life to high fashion editorials, we’ve rounded up the photographers you should follow for inspiration. Whether you want to discover successful creatives in the field or are looking for inspiration for your own art, find our selection of talented photographers below.

Raven Varona

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Raven Varona began his career shooting concerts and events. Today, she shoots magazine covers and celebrity portraits. In 2019, she was nominated for an IHeartRadio Music Award for Favorite Tour Photographer following her work on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s tour. Varona recently launched the Best Side Foundation to expose low-income youth to photography. She also volunteered at a school for Picture Day in New York, as reported teen vogue.

Iman Aldridge

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Imani Aldrige is a product photographer and branded social media content creator. She started her career by sharing her love for beauty, fashion and lifestyle on a blog. This led her to start her own photography business. Aldrige has collaborated with beauty brands such as Gisou and Glossier, as well as luxury fashion houses Tom Ford and Gucci.

ally green

A native of Houston, TX, ally green highlights black beauty and power through photography. Now based in Los Angeles, California, she has photographed celebrities for magazines such as Teen Vogue and Forbes and worked with brands like Nike and Dior.

Tyler Mitchell

Tyler Mitchell is both a photographer and a filmmaker. In 2018, he became the first black photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue US, capturing Beyoncé for the September issue. Originally from Atlanta, GA, he is inspired by the pastoral and domestic scenes of his youth. He designs covers for magazines around the world and his work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Kennedy Carter

Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Kennedy CarterThe work of focuses on black beauty and overlooked experiences such as black love, motherhood, community, and trauma. She has also worked in the editorial staff of magazines such as Essence, Vanity Fair and The New York Times.

Yolanda Hoskey

Yolanda HoskeyThe photograph of is an ode to melanin. Her goal is to challenge social norms and change the narrative when it comes to black art. She describes her work as “a bit of creativity mixed with a little ghetto” in reference to her upbringing in eastern New York.

Breyona Holt

Breyona Holt is a photographer and founder of Exquisite Eye Studios, a platform showcasing creators and aiming to create a community. Raised in Atlanta, GA, Holt is also a cinematographer and creative director for music videos for artists like Normani and Childish Gambino. She has worked with brands such as Fenty Beauty, Nike and Tiffany & co.

Sophie Wilson

Based in New York, Sophie Wilson is both an editorial and commercial photographer. She has created shoots for publications such as Vogue, iD and The New Yorker, and for brands such as Instagram, Google and Opening Ceremony. She takes photographs that are both intimate and colorful. Wilson to be featured in upcoming Hulu series the comingwhich follows the agents of cultural change in New York.

About Kyra: Kyra Alessandrini is a news writer at Girls United and freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in publications such as Time, The Hollywood Reporter, InStyle and Elle. Born in New York and raised in Paris, France, she is passionate about culture, street photography and travel.

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