7 Black Photographers You Need to Follow Right Now

7 Black Photographers You Need to Follow Right Now

To celebrate Black History Month, we’ve compiled a list of seven black photographers worth following on Instagram. From documenting haute couture to everyday street photography, these nine photographers will improve the quality of your Instagram feed.

Cover of TIME magazine in 2015

Devin Allen (@bydvnlln)

Baltimore-born photographer Devin Allen catapulted into fame for his photo of the Baltimore unrest that was featured on the cover of TIME (above). Shooting primarily in black and white, Allen’s photographs show a seldom-seen side of Baltimore City.

Cover of a music artist's album

Adrienne Raquel (@adrienneraquel)

She may be based in New York City, but Adrienne Raquel’s photographs tout dreamy California vibes. Her vibrant and playful work has been seen in Refinery29, ELLE, and for artists such as Justine Skye (above).

Veteran stands in doorway

Michael A. McCoy (@michaelamccoyphotography)

As a two-time Iraqi War veteran, Michael A. McCoy doesn’t shy away from capturing current events. His portraits of vets, like the one above, are intimate portraits that everyone should see.

Woman stands in desert

Denisse Benitez (@chasingdenisse)

Living in sunny Phoenix means there a lot of colorful shots in Denisse Benitez’s feed – and a lot of envy from those of us currently snowed in.

Three women stand together

Deun Ivory (@deunivory)

There’s a lot of beauty to behold with Deun Ivory’s photography. Plus, her muted style allows for a special intimacy with her subjects.

Dancer at concert jumps

Greg Noire (@gregnoire)

You’re bound to recognize quite a few faces on Greg Noire’s feed – he’s photographed everyone from Chance the Rapper to the New York Knicks.

Woman putting on makeup in mirror

Ray Neutron (@rayneutron)

It’s a treat getting to see life through Ray Neutron’s eyes as photographing for Apple, Jack White, VSCO, Hypebeast, and more takes him some pretty interesting places.

Have any favorite photographers that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Another black Visual artist/ photographer you should know and watch, Owens Daniels located in Winston Salem, NC. His ability to reveal the passion of the moment is phenomenal. Magazine writers have dubbed him “the soul snatcher” when it comes to his work because the intenseness of his photographs invoke many to feel as those the are looking into the soul of the subject. His noted work is “Brown Paper Bag” which deals with the issues of colorism and “America Wants” which reveals society’s issues. These projects have graced galleries in the Carolinas and Georgia. His current projects, “Dixieland” addresses the race division over confedate monuments. And “Common Ties” deals with the reality of lynching. http://www.owendaniels.com @owens_daniels_photography

     
  2. Laurence C Glasper

    Keep an eye out for Devin J’han Tompkins Newark NJ

     
  3. Hello Amanda,

    @creativesoulphoto is a husband and wife duo that is really awesome. Recently had the pleasure of meeting them at Imaging 2019 a few weeks ago.

     
  4. There’s this amazing & hot african AMERICAN photographer in Atlanta that great. I think you guys should contact him and do a spotlight on his work! Thanks

     
  5. Another African American photog. Check out Meekail Shaheed Fotography on Instagram (msfotography)

     
  6. I would have you add Ayana V. Jackson. She has such a unique vision.

     
  7. Phyllis Bellamy

    Congratulations Michael McCoy!

     
  8. Well although it might be a stretch, i’d love to be featured. I’ve been in the art of photography for a while now and have portfolio of both wedding and celebrity/concert photography.

     
  9. You missed Allen Pierre, he creates a perspective. And perspectives are limitless. He provided a new way of viewing everyday things, and there’s a magic in that.

     
  10. Tracey Hillary

    Two brothers Sherrod Calland @SherrodCalland who shows great images of Los Angeles and the people in it. Mark Calland @MarkCalland2828 who also shoots in and around the Los Angeles area.

     
  11. Check out Toledo, Ohio’s @dirtykics on IG

     
  12. @usfjrain on IG is a MUST follow!!! He has photography down to a science that he shares with others via multiple platforms for either free or low cost. Whether you are a fellow photographer or a budding entrepreneur, he is for sure a MUST follow!

     
  13. Another photographer well worth the follow is Donald Stokely http://www.eventheroesoftampabay.com. He and his team are local to the Tampa Bay area. As a young entrepreneur, he transformed a one man show into an entire TEAM. His team consists of multiple photographers, videographers and DJ’s!!! He is definitely a powerhouse and you will see more of him and his team this year!

     
  14. Earl Rogers,Jr

    Looking forward to learning more.

     
  15. Lola Flash NYC.

     
  16. Tracy Y Roberts

    One to look for is Photography By Earl E. Gibson III
    http://www.earlgibson.com/

     
  17. Larry Fink’s work Is striking!

     
  18. I just started. @johnsonjrphotos Been a world traveler for 30 years. I’m looking forward to checking out everyone’s work and learning from it!

     
  19. Warnerimage.com. Please read the bio. Thanks

     
  20. Check out Worsham Robinson in Chicago. You can search him. Nyt articles written on him. A visual beast.

     
  21. Nicole Harden

    Yes, you forgot the dope photograpger, DeWayne Jones. Check out his work at http://interscopephotography.com/

     
  22. Colin Mitchell

    Please check out Zamani Feelings at: https://www.zamanifeelings.net

     
  23. Check out hot photographer out of Cali @ robwrightfilms. He is fire!

     
  24. There’s another black photographer, IG: @GiveMeFace_ who sparked that viral #HobbyLobbyChallenge. That was in 2018 when everyone was doing photoshoots in the craft store by the fake flower section.

     
  25. Check out my favorite photographer named Victoria Ford of Sneakshot Photography. Her work has nothing but inspiring to me since I started taking shooting seriously. Nothing but delightfully awesome concert and other photos!

     
  26. I am a blind photographer in New Jersey, check out my work at fineartamerica.com/alwyn glasgow

     
  27. Check out Zizwe Allette of Baltimore.

     
  28. Thank you Nations Photo Lab! You just put your company in a much needed light for AA photographers @theshawphotographygroup

     
  29. Shawn Hundley

    Check out Dixwellflix on Instagram. You will not be disappointed. A young street photographer out of Atlanta with a real eye.

     
  30. Michael Law The Law Of Photography. Brooklyn NY

     
  31. Clifton Smith

    Vincent Lawson out of mobile Alabama…great talent… his shows are phenomenal…”Our Neighbors ” is a must see!!!!… peace

     
  32. Dolly Holland

    Hosea Johnson takes incredible portraits, including Brandy’s first album.

     
  33. Yes. Me 🙂.

    http://Www.andreasbranch.com

    @andreasbranchphotography.

     
  34. Marguerite Badji

    Check out Paul Biagui Photography in Atlanta, GA.
    Sublime!

     
  35. Amon Focus, NYC.

     
  36. Anthony DeLeaver

    Donn Thompson is a phenomenal photographer based in NYC

     
  37. @clay_benskin on IG is my favorite. His eye is incredible.

    D Nice is also excellent.

     
  38. B F Stegall

    I love the work of Thomas Colvin, III
    http://www.thomascolvinstudios.net

     
  39. Wakeeta Rosser

    Shannon McCollum often travels as the photographer with with George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer and DL Hughley as their official photographer. He has an artistic eye and is an amazing photographer.

     
  40. Yes me. @Photographs By MikeJunie, on FB MikeJunie Photos…..
    I am a sports photographer that enjoys taking action shots. Check out my pages. Thanks

     
  41. Jai D. Marcus

    I had an Awesome birthday photoshoot from an Atlanta based photographer @ Shocophoto. Shoccara Marcus is a Dance photographer with an eye for Awe. Pls. Check out her work.

     
  42. Harmon Bobbitt

    I love your lab work! I use your lab for printing alot!

     
  43. Please consider adding Charles Stonewall to this impressive list. His work is beautiful to look at and compassionate and deeply human. He’s one of the best.

     
  44. Hey, this artist @waitiphone check him out takes some powerful images from his phone.

    https://www.vinnymwano.com/commercial-photography

     
  45. For future reference please include or even do an article dedicated to Master Photographer Isadore Howard in Chicago. He has been doing this since 1972 a graduaute of The Art Institute Chicago. Look him up on Facebook

     
  46. Sharon B Dowdell

    Just feel the POWER!!!!!! Thanks So Much.

     
  47. Saundra CLark-Kamaly

    Michelle Agin, great photograper please reach out to her
    Nationsphotolab.com

     
  48. Thanks for sharing your article here. Must say, the amazing and nice blog. Your article can help us a lot we are also in the same industry. We at TVC Wedding photographers providing photography services in New Jersey. You can check more about us at https://tvcweddings.com/

     
  49. I love what you do here, I like all these works! Very talented photographers!

     
  50. Christopher Nowak

    It is good to know that some articles will focus on just one race.
    This subject is more balanced because of it.

     
  51. Christopher Nowak

    Are there any excellent black female photographers from Canada?
    Please let me know.

     

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