February is Black History Month. This month we celebrate the exceptional impact that Black members of our community have had on our collective culture and history. I'd like to use my posts over the course of this month to highlight a few women photographers of color and honor their contributions to both the history of photography and its future. Let us not forget that African American history is OUR history.
The first photographer I'd like to share with you is Erica Deeman. Erica lives and works in the San Francisco area. She has used photography to challenge society's preconceived notions of images of African Americans in the public consciousness. Her images harken back to a time before the omnipresent selfie and elevate the art of fine art portraiture as a genre.
Khadija Saye was a London photographer who we tragically lost in the Grenfell Tower fire this past June. Khadija was an artist on the cusp of world wide recognition in the field of photography. Her work focused on spirituality and multiculturalism as is the case in her stunning series of wet plate collodion tintypes ‘Dwelling: in this space we breathe.’
I hope you take some time to further explore the works of these two exceptional photographers. Please remember to subscribe below, so you can discover other artists of note in future posts.