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 1 by Karene-Isabelle Jean-Baptiste

Karene-Isabelle Jean-Baptiste Q&A

The Black Gaze means looking at Black subjects with kindness, empathy and nuance. It means that as Black people we can be seen as we truly are and not with preconceived notions of who we are. It’s important because images are powerful.

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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 Jada Imani M

Jada Imani M Q&A

The Black gaze is the way Black people see ourselves and the outside world. Because of the intersections within our community, this can vary based on gender, sexuality, and skin tone. As a Black woman, I use my work to show viewers the various ways I see myself and my community.

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Image 4 by Julien James

Julien James Q&A

To simply put it, the Black gaze is a perspective. It’s the manner in which Black people globally see and perceive their day to day life, their community, and the world at large. Perspectives, in general, are critical for painting a more complete picture. The Black perspective is one that has globally been ignored.

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Image 1 by Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson Q&A

The Black Gaze means positive representation and progress. As a person of colour I find we do not get many opportunities for representation in the art community that views us in a positive way. Platforms like The Black Gaze are vital to the progress of Black creators and positive representation of who we are as a people

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