Join Black Women Photographers First Virtual Summit!

Black Women Photographer’s are having their FIRST EVER Virtual Summit starting Friday, March 11th-13th and it’s going to be a seriously impactful time. If you are a black woman photographer looking for a serious dose of inspiration from legends in the making, GET IN HERE and sign up for the waitlist. Check out the panelists below!

From Black Women Photographer’s website:

Nikon Ambassador Audrey Woulard is an internationally known leader for portraits within the photography industry for over a decade. When she is speaking, it is always a standing room only event. Often in a room of 500+  professional photographers.  Photographers from all over the world come to learn precisely the KATC technique when working with teens. In addition to the major photography industry events such as Imaging and WPPI, Audrey Woulard has traveled all over the US as well as abroad to such countries as London, Netherlands, and Australia to teach photographers the KATC technique.

Sade Ndya is an LA-based Cinematographer, who also specializes in Fine Art Photography and Community Organizing. Sade’s creative style is grounded in surreal-like imagery, intricate attention to production design, and dynamic lighting dedicated to portraying the beauty in being black. Through her organizing work, Sade is actively dedicated to providing safe creative spaces for fellow BIPOC to create. At 19, she started her own freelance production company called The Red Futon. The Red Futon is also notably known for hosting local art workshops, events, and panels. Additionally, she is a Cinematography mentor at Made In Her Image, which is a non-profit that provides young brown and black girls education, resources, and industry opportunities to learn the world of filmmaking.

Whitney Hollington Matewe is a queer woman of color visual journalist and photo editor currently at TIME Magazine. Previously she was a photo editor at National Geographic Magazine, The New Yorker Magazine, The Intercept and several Condé Nast publications creating work for GQ, Teen Vogue and others. Whitney adores solving visual challenges. She curates and sources global news and culture stories. In her commission work she closely collaborates with photographers to art direct and produce photoshoots with the goal of celebrating photography and amplifying the lives of underrepresented voices and marginalized communities. She finds it important to be intentional with visual storytelling – what stories are being uplifted, what medium is being utilized and why it all matters?

Raven B. Varona also known as “RavieB” is a photographer born and raised in The Bronx, NY. She began her photography career shooting concerts and events in downtown New York. Capturing these important cultural moments sparked her photography career. Her work is intimate and colorful. She prioritizes the subject from a very feminine perspective. When looking at her photos, she wants you to feel a familiarity between her and her subjects. When she’s not on set, you can catch her watching reruns of The Office eating spaghetti. Keynote speaker Raven B. Varona in conversation with BWP Founder Polly Irungu.

Award-winning writer and photographer Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström has photographed and dispatched from 70+ countries for various publications. She is the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award recipient. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, New York Times, Slate, Travel Channel, Magazine, The Sunday Times, AFAR, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, several in-flight magazines, amongst others. Entrepreneur Lola Akinmade Åkerström in conversation with BWP Founder Polly Irungu.

First openly queer and non-binary Ugandan photographer DeLovie Kwagala in conversation with BWP Founder Polly Irungu. DeLovie Kwagala is a self-taught photographer and social activist from Kampala, Uganda, and is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their work explores narratives around Identity, Belonging, Social Injustices, and Gender-Sexuality with the intent to not sexualize, fetishize or stigmatize; inspired by their experience and those of others.  DeLovie is a current WomenPhotograph Mentee and Market Photo Workshop student pursuing Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme.

Working at the forefront of genderqueer visual politics for more than three decades, photographer Lola Flash’s work challenges stereotypes and gender, sexual, and racial preconceptions. An active member of ACT UP during the time of the AIDS epidemic in New York City, Flash was notably featured in the 1989 “Kissing Doesn’t Kill” poster. Her art and activism are profoundly connected, fueling a life-long commitment to visibility and preserving the legacy of LGBTQIA+ and communities of color worldwide. Lola Flash in conversation with BWP Founder Polly Irungu about their work and journey. 

Cheriss May is a lauded portrait and editorial photographer based in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Board of Directors — Focus on the Story, the immediate past president — Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), co-chair of photography — The National Press Club, an Adobe Education Leader, and an adjunct professor at Howard University, her Alma Mater. She is often commissioned to speak about inclusive storytelling, and trains and speaks to organizations, and educators around the world, including: Spotify, Adobe, Leica, The Merck Group, the Center for Creative Photography, and the International Center of Photography.

Idara Ekpoh is a Nigerian-American photographer, creative director, and educator who creates captivating visual experiences through her dreamlike and cinematic portraits. her art is centered around storytelling, healing, and identity—all of which comes together to celebrate and amplify black voices. As a first generation Nigerian-American woman, she has always been interested in the topic of identity, which drives her to not only use photography as a medium to tell her own story, but to bring visibility to the stories of those within her community.

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