They say a picture is worth a thousand words and these amazing photographers are proving that true with every image they capture. People who produce visual art in the form of photography do not always get the credit they deserve, but we want to highlight some of the real people behind the lens who put their talent and thought into every photo they take.
This 23-year-old Atlanta-based photographer is the first black person to shoot the cover of Vogue in its 125 years of existence. His subject? The one and only Beyoncé Knowles.
Mitchell expertly captures people and color in unique ways. His attention to lighting and color contrast is evidently clear in his captures of subjects of color. Here is some of his work that was influenced by the vibrancy of his visit to Havana, Cuba.
Barnes grew up in Brooklyn and studied Humanities and Arts at John Jay University. Mike Brown’s murder shifted her love of photography from a hobby to activism.
On her website, Barnes, says that she finds “the need to challenge misconceptions of people of color in America, and particularly likes to highlight themes of friendship and sisterhood in the black community.” Her project “Doubles” does exactly that.
Renell picked up photography in her early teen years. Her father bought her cameras and from there she sharpened her craft. Her career work thus far includes working with Solange and doing album artwork for both A$AP Ferg’s Still Stiving and H.E.R’s Volume 1.
Additionally, her photo blog is filled with stunning portraits, so go take a look!
Another portrait photographer, Ijewere is Nigerian and Jamaican, born in 1992. She is most recently known for shooting Rihanna for Allure Magazine’s October Issue.
Each and every one of her international Vogue shoots captures humans and fashion in beautiful and captivating angles. She studied at London College of Fashion and uses her photography to push for diversity by shooting minorities and underrepresented peoples.
Andre was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York in his mid-twenties. He has a degree in Social Work, but has always had a passion for photography.
He enjoys spontaneous photography of natural human relationships and real moments of life. He also has a couple projects featuring New York City, it’s black people and culture.
Here are Ssome portraits of his: