CHAPTER 02: Celebrating the excellence of black fashion photographers

Written by Adam Bryce

The murder of George Floyd has the world near-stopped on its axis. The globe over, we’re listening, (actually) hearing and thinking about systemic racism. The fashion industry hasn’t been immune to this issue and, this week, many insiders have been called out about their insidious behaviour. Chapter 02 sees us explore the possibilities of a more inclusive space.

A few weeks back, I penned Chapter 01 about the changing guard of fashion photographers. Until six or so years ago, these roles were dominated by white males who had created a seemingly impenetrable bubble when it came to scoring high-profile campaigns and magazine editorials. It was an untouchable (white) boys club.

In recent years, Jamie Hawkesworth, Zoë Ghertner, Harley Weir and a few select more, managed to pop that bubble which afforded a new guard of female fashion photographers to shine and bring with them a new lens on fashion.

In 2018, the esteemed September issue of American Vogue featured Beyoncé who was photographed by a 23-year-old black male by the name of Tyler Mitchell. It was the first time, in the magazine’s history, that a photographer of colour had shot the cover. This ‘moment’ didn’t go unnoticed and attracted the attention of, not only, the fashion media but mainstream media too. While Vogue’s decision was positive one, it really highlighted the racial issues within the fashion industry.

Less than two years later, Mitchell is now the leader of a fresh, more diverse club, and, with that, a whole new vanguard of leading fashion photographers of colour have slowly begun to emerge and excel. There’s certainly no shortage of talent but, the question is, will the industry embrace this incredible new talent.

Here, we share our favourite photographers of colour. Photographers who deliver, time after time, exceptional work and deserve a spot sitting right next to Mitchell in that new club.

tyler mitchell

Tyler Mitchell

joshua Woods

Joshua Woods

Campbell Addy

Campbell Addy

Ronan Mckenzie

Ronan Mckenzie

jalan and jubril durimel

Jalan and Jibril Durimel

nadine ijewere

Nadine Ijewere

paul mpagi sepuya

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Shaniqwa Jarvis

Shaniqwa Jarvis

stephen tayo

Stephen Tayo

Renell Medrano

Renell Medrano

Micaiah Carter

Micaiah Carter

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