Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, I've put together a list of fantastic contemporary photographers for you to check out. The images and perspectives of these photographers have contributed to the future of the art form and have helped strengthen the field of photography as a whole. I hope you enjoy taking some time to look at their impressive bodies of work.

I would also encourage you to subscribe to my blog at the bottom of this list to make sure not to miss any future posts.

My next installment will be about the relationship between art and politics, especially during our current administration and it will include a comprehensive guide on what we can all do to be heard and make a difference, especially artists. So, don't miss out!


Melissa Bunni Elian is a Haitian-American journalist using words, photos and video to tell multimedia stories.

 Portrait by Melissa Bunni Elian

Portrait by Melissa Bunni Elian

 Portrait by Melissa Bunni Elian, from  afropunk x ferguson

Portrait by Melissa Bunni Elian, from afropunk x ferguson

Latoya Ruby Frazier creates work addressing industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, environmental justice, healthcare inequity, family and communal history.

 Latoya Ruby Frazier, from  The Notion of Family

Latoya Ruby Frazier, from The Notion of Family

 Latoya Ruby Frazier, from  Pier 54: A Human Right to Passage

Latoya Ruby Frazier, from Pier 54: A Human Right to Passage

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. 

 Hank Willis Thomas,  Flying Geese

Hank Willis Thomas, Flying Geese

 Hank Willis Thomas,  Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around

Hank Willis Thomas, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around

Ruddy Roye is a Brooklyn based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraits and photo-journalism photography.

 Ruddy Roye, from  The Common Treads Project   

Ruddy Roye, from The Common Treads Project  

 Ruddy Roye, from  Dancehall: In the Wake of Daggering

Ruddy Roye, from Dancehall: In the Wake of Daggering

Khalik Allah is a street photographer and filmmaker whose work has been described as "street opera."

 Khalik Allah, from  Black Mother

Khalik Allah, from Black Mother

 Khalik Allah, from  Wu-Tang Clan

Khalik Allah, from Wu-Tang Clan

Tarji Smedley is a commercial, fashion, lifestyle photographer, and photojournalist.

 Tarji Smedley

Tarji Smedley

 Tarji Smedley

Tarji Smedley

Russell Frederick is a photographer whose global world view and keen understanding of the human condition informs his compelling photography.

 Russell Frederick

Russell Frederick

 Russell Frederick

Russell Frederick

Ivan Forde is a Guyanese born Harlem raised photographer with interests in new media. 

 Portrait by Ivan Forde

Portrait by Ivan Forde

 Ivan Forde,  The Fall of Man

Ivan Forde, The Fall of Man

Kwesi Abbensetts looks for beauty and something compelling through his photography to make you see yourself a different way. 

 Kwesi Abbensetts

Kwesi Abbensetts

 Kwesi Abbensetts

Kwesi Abbensetts

Lebohang Kganye is a photographer whose work often incorporates her interest in sculpture and performance of the archive and memory.

 Lebohang Kganye,  Untitled 10

Lebohang Kganye, Untitled 10

 Lebohang Kganye,  The Alarm

Lebohang Kganye, The Alarm

Omar Victor Diop looks at his photography as a means to capture the diversity of modern African societies and lifestyles.

 Omar Victor Diop, from  Project Diaspora

Omar Victor Diop, from Project Diaspora

 Omar Victor Diop, from  Liberty

Omar Victor Diop, from Liberty