Image 1 by Chiyana Ankhrah

Chiyana Ankhrah Q&A

To me, the Black gaze means to see and understand through Black eyes. To read and listen. To comprehend, not to respond.

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Image 1 by Rachel Seidu

Rachel Seidu Q&A

For me the Black gaze means seeing and telling my own stories myself, changing the western perspectives of us, it matters because I live these stories, I am these stories, I am in the right place to tell them.

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Image 3 by Dante Nicholas

Dante Nicholas Q&A

We often hear about the issue of “the White gaze” and so I think of Black gaze as the answer to that. Just this year, we’ve started to see Black photographers like Kennedi Carter and AB+DM Studio shoot major magazine covers.  This year. We’re JUST now seeing these firsts at Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ.

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Image 1 by Wasi Daniju

Wasi Daniju Q&A

To me, the Black gaze means exactly what it sounds like – seeing things from a Black point of view (which is not monolithic) and with regards to photography, in a way that attempts to shed as much as possible of the colonialism that is inherent to the practice.

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Image 1 by Taesirat Yusuf

Taesirat Yusuf Q&A

The Black gaze to me means directing the focus of the world on to the Black creatives and showcasing the talents and versatility of black creatives.

It is important because there’s not enough representation of black creatives and we need to start pushing out ourselves to the world.

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