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 Ayesha Kazim

Ayesha Kazim Q&A

For me, this involves taking ownership of how we see ourselves, especially through works of art (photography, writing, painting, music, etc). It’s about reclaiming how we choose to be identified, seen and related to.

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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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