Posts by: Yannis Guibinga

This Photographer Captures the Beauty and Uniqueness of Marginalized Communities

New York based photographer Justin French captures people and their beauty in a raw and beautiful way, usually directing his lens towards those whose identities are created by the intersections of different experiences, making their very existence inherently political.

Current sociopolitical events have shifted the way many people were thinking about the world and the way they were living in it, which resulted in many artists voicing their concerns and disagreements with the way governments and other institutions have operated in the past and are operating today. As a way to contribute to the conversation and maybe just as a natural reaction to his environment, the message and significance behind a lot of Justin’s work can be traced back to a lot of the sociocultural issues of his time. Issues of racism, police brutality and the representation of LGBTQ folks are therefore things that Justin speaks about with his work, sometimes even unconsciously. The photographer explores race and gender through portraits telling the stories of fictional and surreal-looking characters living in worlds in which their identities and the way they express it do not hold as much weight and gravity as it does in ours. Still, many of the stories Justin tells remain reflective of the real-life experiences of many, making his photographs even more compelling.

We asked Justin French about his work, the messages behind it and the necessity for artists to create work reflective of the times they live in.

This Haitian Photographer Captures Marginalized Communities with Hyper-Realist Portraiture

Kòktèl (2017)

PETWO (2016)


Haitian photographer Zarita Zevallos takes a particular interest in identities, communities and their place in the world we live in today.

Through hyper-realist portraiture with a strong focus on colours, contrasts and shapes, the photographer captures her subjects in a way that makes them appear otherworldly, stately and powerful.

In an age where an increasing number of black artists are finally starting to have the spaces, resources and support to create works reflective of their own stories, the New York based photographer makes it a point to use her art to highlight unique individuals and how the community they live in interacts with them.

Originally from Haiti, the influence of her Haitian culture and heritage can be felt in Zarita’s work, especially in her series “PETWO”, in which she gives her visual interpretation of the Haitian voodoo cultures and traditions who, as Westernization increased in the country, have slowly been vilified and demonized.

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