Black Women Photographers:
Global community and digital database, Black Women Photographers (BWP), launched on July 7, 2020 by Polly Irungu, with a COVID-19 relief fund (#BWPReliefFund) to provide support to Black women and non-binary photographers during the pandemic. In an effort to promote and encourage inclusive hiring practices, the database highlights any and all Black women who elect to be submitted.
By providing a resource for the industry’s gatekeepers, Black Women Photographers aims to disrupt the notion that it is difficult to discover and commission Black creatives.
Through honest dialogue via social conversations, the platform seeks to ensure that more Black women are empowered to make the industry as colorful as it ought to be.
Black Women Photographers is a home for Black women to receive proper recognition, and most importantly, get hired.
Tony Thames is a producer/singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Raised in a colorful and eclectic Caribbean family, his music is a patchwork of experiences and inspirations ranging from Prince and Pharrell to Bob Marley and Joni Mitchell.
Polly Irungu, founder of Black Women Photographers
Multimedia journalist, digital editor and self-taught photographer Polly Irungu is the founder of Black Women Photographers, a global community and online database of Black women and non-binary photographers.
Polly is a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC), where she is responsible for managing social media for WNYC and PRX’s ‘The Takeaway’, a national NPR show with over 2 million listeners, pitching news stories and features for The Takeaway and her podcast is ranked the 4th most downloaded, amongst others.
As a photographer, Polly’s work has been published in numerous publications, including Refinery29, NPR, PetaPixel, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, CNN, HuffPost, OkayPlayer, OkayAfrica, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and the University of Oregon.
In 2017, Polly completed a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Polly has lived around the world from Nairobi, Kenya to Topeka, Kansas to Eugene, Oregon to Washington, D.C., and ultimately to Brooklyn, New York.
Polly Irungu has spoken about social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, African media, COVID-19, and photojournalism at US institutions such as the University of Oregon, and as a panelist for The Guardian - Nigeria, Public Ambition, Twitter, NBC News, Hustle Summit, National Association of Black Journalists, and Online News Association.
Created and brought to life by @sivonyia (IG) and @anesiasaunders (IG) The Black Power Punk Girls (BPPG) is a New York based collective that serves as a platform for black womxn in music, television, and film. BPPG aims to celebrate and empower the black womxn creative.
Rainey is a tattoo artist born and raised in the Bronx, he is an artist at addicted to ink located in White Plains New York. You can find his work on Instagram, @RaineyOvalle.
Hearse Boys is a gaming and content creation platform for Black and Brown voices and underrepresented gamers in the Bronx to be heard. You can find them on Twitter, @hearseboys and on YouTube at the link below.
Beatriz Valim is a Brazilian American photographer and digital artist based in Los Angeles, California. She is most well known for her fashion portraiture and editorial product photos. So far her work has been featured by Daily Mail, Vogue Australia and Portugal, Photovogue, Elléments, and others.
Tae Hamm is an artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. He obtained a Bachelors of Art’s degree in Business Marketing from Clark Atlanta University in 2016. Hamm's preferred medium is oil paint with minor use of acrylic.
Tae Hamm is only beginning to participate in art shows, despite being enrolled in Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts at the age of 12, but so far he has had great success. In 2016, the artist debuted his work for the first time in Washington, D.C. during the Operation Consent Exhibition, a project within a community based art collective, I Cannot Complain. Since then, Hamm has been actively pursuing more art exposure while growing and strengthening his style and technique.
Hamm uses imagery in his art that typically challenges hyper-masculinity and highlights strong feminine figures. His style typically partitions sections of the human anatomy to reveal secrets within and of his muses. Hamm balances cool and warm colors with elegance and ease in an effort to give the viewer a controlled sense of excitement.
The Art Vacancy is a women-founded art organization, based in New York, that supports artists across all disciplines. Founded in March 2017 by Sáng Huynh and Lindsey Puccio, TAV aims to encourage creatives by shaping unique opportunities for them to expand their craft and network of resources. As a group of artists ourselves, we felt disheartened by a reoccurring disconnect we’d see between curators and artists. We saw that for our artist peers, opportunities to showcase their work were either very exclusive, and guarded by an elite niche, or inconsiderate pop-up shows where the art simply serves as a backdrop to a party, yielding them little recognition or potential to sell. We felt a balance of access and excellence could be struck; where artists would not be vetted based on institutionalized limitations shaped by a dominate culture, but rather their dedication to the craft, and their ambition to be impactful. We chose to start an organization that was for artists, by artists because we believe the strongest advocates for a culture are its own.
Zoe Anastasia is an artist from Texas. Her primary medium is oil paint, but her love for art began with graphite and ink, which she still enjoys. While she has been sketching for about seven years, it wasn't until she received oil paints for Christmas in 2018 that she started painting. She started selling prints and custom paintings a few months later.
Her favorite subjects are anything she finds beautiful! Cloud scenes, nude women, flowers and plants, butterflies and bugs, shapes, colors, experiences, emotions and patterns are some of Zoe's favorite things to paint. Her style varies but she is most well known for surreal scenes, rich and vibrant colors, and very realistic nudes.
Zoe is always working on at least ten to twenty paintings and has at least a hundred ideas waiting for their turn to be born. Despite this fact, her customs are always open and her shop is full of paintings, prints, stickers, and more.