The Q&A

In conversation with Black photographers

The Q&A is open to Black photographers across all genres, ages and genders. If you would like to take part then we would love to hear from you.

Image 1 by John Ferguson

John Ferguson Q&A

The term Black gaze signifies to me that I’m unapologetically Black… When one learns the Black gaze for themselves, they’re purposely allowing their presence to be seen, heard and challenged, with or without prejudice.

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Image 1 by Dawn Hester

Dawn Hester Q&A

To me the Black gaze is when people are surprised and/or shocked I’m not a wedding photographer.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong being a wedding photographer but all Black photographers aren’t.

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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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Image 3 by Immaculata Abba

Immaculata Abba Q&A

To me, the black gaze is one of the many gazes on the margins of photography’s history so far and the margins of mainstream western art institutions.

The black gaze in particular is one that is also a vital means through which black people are able to represent our cultures and understandings of the world.

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