Article Originally Published: February 9, 2022
This month, we are sharing the work of three Black women photographers whose work captures the love they have for Black women and Black community. These artists’ depictions of Black women in every-day life, highlights their love for Black culture, self-acceptance, and Black community. We hope you’ll take some time to get to know these Black women artists and fall in love with their work.
Emerald Arguelles is a photographer and editor based in Savannah, GA. Through her images, she explores Black America. With an eye at creating a communal space for Black folx in her work, Emerald acknowledges and honors Black community and the importance of cultural acceptance and appreciation.
Isn’t It Beautiful
Kaci Merriwether-Hawkins, is a photographer and director from Columbia, SC. While attending Tuskegee University, Kaci created “My Lens is Black,” a collection of visuals intended to champion and highlight Black southern experiences. Her work reflects the love she feels for her community and explores her experiences growing up as a darker-skinned woman in the south. In her work, Merriwether-Hawkins displays the images she wanted to see in her girlhood.
Tiff J Tiff Sutton from St. Louis, MO, works within the discourse of abstract and figurative portraits. Creating photographs about selfhood and social movements allows Tiff to explore the possibility of multiple meanings, dual perceptions, and limitlessness in what is seemingly binary. Tiff draws on Black feminism and captures Black women with poise and naturalness exuding ease.