Photographer Interviews

Photographers of Color on Photography’s Lack of Diversity

June 13, 2016

By Interviews Holly Stuart Hughes


Shaniqwa Jarvis for Liberty, the London department store. “I keep my work diverse,” says Jarvis. “I’ve done two personal projects and clients come to me for that look, and then I’ve photographed kids, and that spirals out, and then I’m doing tabletop and people are like, ‘Oh, you do that too.’”

We asked black photographers who work in editorial, commercial and fine-art photography to talk about what it’s like to be the only person of color in the room, how opportunities opened for them, and how the photo community can welcome more diverse voices and points of view. Their interviews were edited for space and clarity. SHANIQWA JARVIS Jarvis’s clients have...

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