It is not rare to come across images of Black communities—in photographs of civil rights movements through history, in the marketing material of brands trying to do better by their Black customers, in portraits of the Black leaders of the current protests for Black lives. It is more rare that those images were captured by Black people behind the lens. That is the driving force behind See In Black, a collective of Black photographers formed after the killings of Black people at the hands of cops: to counter “the gaze by which we were viewed” that was not their own, and to champion Black photographers who see and document Black stories beyond the headlines.
“We are artists and archivists,” See In Black founders Joshua Kissi and Micaiah Carter said in a statement. “We do not merely make images of Black figures, we document history that is often unrecorded with intentionality, respect, nuance, and care. We serve as a platform for Black people to stand proudly in their permanence.”
So beginning today, Juneteenth, and continuing until July 3, See In Black’s website will host the works of 80 Black photographers, prints of which can be purchased for $ 100 each. All of the profits will go towards five charities committed to abolishing white supremacy and championing Black communities—Know Your Rights Camp, Youth Empowerment Project, National Black Justice Coalition, Black Futures Lab, and The Bail Project.
Which brings us to you. Specifically, your home and that art that graces its walls. The prints will be produced by Artifact Uprising, a company that does really gorgeous photo work, in large format on professional-grade paper. You could do a hell of a lot worse with your money than supporting Black creatives, and improving your decor by leaps and bounds in the process. In this story you’ll see 10 examples of the photographs See In Black will make available to purchase, and below is a full list of the photographers who are participating. Take a look and see what catches your eye. Chances are, it will be all of it.
Aaron Turner | Adrian Octavius Walker | Adrienne Raquel |Alexis Hunley | Alissa Ashley | Amandla Baraka | Andre L. Perry | Andre D. Wagner | Anthony Geathers | Arielle Bobb-Willis | Ashley Pena | Awol Erizku | Bethany Mollenkof | Blair Caldwell | Bobby Rogers | Brad Ogbonna | Brandon Hicks | Braylen Dion | Breyona Holt | Cary Fagan | Christian Cody | Dana Scruggs | Danielle A. Scruggs | Denzel Golatt | deun ivory | Devin Allen | Donté Maurice | Doug Segars | Ed Maximus | Faith Couch | Flo Ngala | Florian Koenigsberger | Gioncarlo Valentine | Ibra Ake | Ike Edeani | Jabari Jacobs | Jasmine Durhal | Jon Henry | Josef Adamu | Joshua Kissi | Joshua Woods | Juan Veloz | Justin French | Kennedi Carter | Kreshonna Keane | Laurent B. Chevalier | Lawrence Agyei | Lelanie Foster | Mahaneela | Makeda Sandford | Mark Clennon | Matt Cowen | Melissa Alcena | Meron Menghistab | Micaiah Carter | Miranda Barnes | Myesha Evon | Myles Loftin | Nancy “Goblin” Hernandez | Nico Kartel | Nolis Anderson | Obidigbo Nzeribe | Pierre Ware | Quan Brinson | Quil Lemons | Rahim Fortune | Raven B. Varona | Ray Spears | Reece T. Williams | Renell Medrano | Rikkí Wright | Rog + Bee Walker | Samuel Trotter | Santana Bellas | Sean Pressley | SHAN Wallace | Soul Mekdes | Stephanie Mei-Ling | Texas Isaiah | Zora J. Murff
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