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Osaretin Ugiagbe: From Lagos to the Bronx

Fifteen years ago, Osaretin Ugiagbe left the sprawling metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria, for the South Bronx in New York City. Unbeknownst to the immigrant teenager, his new home was infamous for high levels of poverty and unemployment. But the neighborhood intrigued young Ugiagbe—particularly the working elevator that led...

The Camera Never Lies?

A Somali boy walks with a toy gun along Lindo Beach, near Mogadishu, on August 8, 2013. Muslims worldwide were celebrating the holiday Eid Al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan. It is said that the camera doesn’t lie. In a split second, photographing a boy walking on...

Emmanuel Jambo: East African Son

A dark room, a wedding, a retired photographer and a magazine editor changed 35-year-old Sudanese Emmanuel Jambo’s life. In another life, Jambo would have been a basketball player like his childhood friend, Luol Deng, an NBA Chicago Bulls basketball player, also from Sudan. Jambo’s first interaction with photography...

Limit(less): LGBTQ Africans of the Diaspora

Nigerian-American photographer Mikael Owunna’s project Limit(less) is helping redefine what it is to be African for LGBTQ Africans in Europe and North America. Born in the United States to a Nigerian father and Nigerian-Swedish mother, Owunna spent most of his life outside of Nigeria but was sent back after he was...

All Eyes On Me: John Edmonds

“Johns Edmonds is a gifted young artist with a penetrating eye. With an insight and subtle aesthetic understanding, he uses a gentle lens to capture the performative gesture of young men on the streets of America. His beautiful, subtly complex compositions re-imagines and redefines the black man subject.”...

Changing Focus: Rwanda’s Jacques Nkinzingabo

Recovering from something as horrific as the 1994 Rwandan Genocide is a long and arduous process, but a young photographer from Kigali named Jacques Nkinzingabo – whose father was killed during the genocide, just a week after his birth – is using his camera to try change focus. In...