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Zaki Grant Q&A

Zaki Grant talks photography with TheBlkGaze.

The Black gaze has echoes of the male gaze. I do, however, think that as a Black man it is my duty to re-appropriate how White people see us and how we see ourselves.

How does this relate to your photography practice?

It doesn’t.

What do you want to say or address with your photography?

Nothing some days and everything others.

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What influences and inspires you? How is this reflected in your work?

Cinema and the moving image.

Who are your favourite Black photographers from the past? Why?

Gordon Park and Ernest Withers, great reportage style under unbelievable social pressures at the time.

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Please describe the highs and lows of your experience as a Black photographer?

The highs: Winning £10k in a national photography project.

The lows: Dealing with white photographers and their racist attitudes then being gaslighted by the same photographers.

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What work are you producing and what more would you like to do?

Portraiture and Street photography. Wouldn’t mind doing more landscapes especially in North Wales.

About Zaki Grant

Zaki Grant is a Liverpool-based photographer who brings a street-style aesthetic to his specialism in portraits, events and weddings.

You can find more of Zaki’s work on his website, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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