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The BlackShutter Podcast The Black Shutter Podcast is a series of conversations with Black photographers, filmmakers, and editors.
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You will hear about their work, their challenges, and their inspirations revolving around photography.

Tune in to Episode 83 as we sit down with Ruddy Roye (), a celebrated documentary and portrait photographer renowned for...
18/03/2024

Tune in to Episode 83 as we sit down with Ruddy Roye (), a celebrated documentary and portrait photographer renowned for fostering deep connections with the people he photographs. From his Jamaican upbringing to his insightful journey into photography, Ruddy shares his philosophy on empathy, authenticity, and love in both art and life. This was a dope convo recorded live at . Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube. Link in bio.

“A Bleak Reality”This oversized monograph by Kris Graves () takes us to eight locations where young black men were murde...
05/03/2024

“A Bleak Reality”
This oversized monograph by Kris Graves () takes us to eight locations where young black men were murdered by police officers. All eight murders were caught on camera and became viral videos online. It is 28 pages and opens to 19 inches wide. Seeing images this painful, enlarged and staring directly at us, is a powerful reminder of racism and police brutality in this country.

Take a look at your archives. I’m sure there is a book in the making.

Peace

Peace family. Tune in to episode 82 where we speak again with photographer/publisher  about the importance of publishing...
23/02/2024

Peace family. Tune in to episode 82 where we speak again with photographer/publisher about the importance of publishing photo books. Definitely tap in if you are interested I. Learning more about the process of publishing. Check out the video on YouTube or the audio on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Link in bio.

Peace family! We’re back with another Live podcast recording at Late Night . This time, we’ll be in conversation with do...
14/02/2024

Peace family! We’re back with another Live podcast recording at Late Night . This time, we’ll be in conversation with documentary photographer about the purpose of the image. His environmental and editorial portraits are often gritty and heartfelt at the same time. Make sure you sign up and tune in to this convo. See you there. Link in the bio. Peace ✊🏿

Tune in to Episode 81, where we speak with Brooklyn-based photo editor and producer, Tracey Woods () about the work that...
30/01/2024

Tune in to Episode 81, where we speak with Brooklyn-based photo editor and producer, Tracey Woods () about the work that happens to bring photoshoots to life. She shares the transition from magazine covers to digital transitions, industry insights, and tips for photographers to inject their personality into their images. Available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.

Link in bio

Peace Family,Tune in to Episode 81, where we speak with Brooklyn-based photo editor and producer, Tracey Woods about the...
22/01/2024

Peace Family,

Tune in to Episode 81, where we speak with Brooklyn-based photo editor and producer, Tracey Woods about the work that happens to bring photoshoots to life. She shares stories about working with high-profile celebrities, the transition from magazine covers to digital transitions, industry insights, and tips for photographers to inject their personality into their images.

Episode Notes:Tracey Woods, an award-winning visuals director and producer, currently serves as the Director of Photography at The Luupe and works as a creat...

Peace Family,Check out the recap of our conversation with editorial and portrait photographer, Phylicia Munn, on her app...
16/01/2024

Peace Family,

Check out the recap of our conversation with editorial and portrait photographer, Phylicia Munn, on her approach to photographing celebrities. As I was editing this post last night, I discovered that Quinta Brunson received an Emmy, the first Emmy for an African American woman in comedy in over 30 years. It was incredible timing to see the photo of Quinta Brunson in Phylicia's portfolio while discovering her accomplishments simultaneously. There are no accidents. Shout out to these sistas who continue to make impactful work in these marginalized industries. ✊🏿

Peace family. This is a recap of our YouTube conversation with editorial and portrait photographer, Phylicia J.L. Munn, where she dives…

Peace family,Last year brought along several creative opportunities. One of the highlights was the opportunity to collab...
10/01/2024

Peace family,

Last year brought along several creative opportunities. One of the highlights was the opportunity to collaborate with long-time friends and family. It was a great experience to watch a simple idea grow into a bigger project. Check out the article and how the project, Pebbles Suck, came to fruition.

Shout out to the homies Steven Tapia and Zhenyu Lin for their creative genius.

Many artists find themselves on a perpetual grind. No downtime. Always cookin’ up something fresh, sculpting ideas like it’s a daily…

Peace family, tune in to episode 80 where we speak with Chicago-based portrait photographer, Lawrence Agyei (), as he di...
04/01/2024

Peace family, tune in to episode 80 where we speak with Chicago-based portrait photographer, Lawrence Agyei (), as he discusses using environments for unique backdrops, emphasizing pre-visualization, diversity, and authenticity. Explore his diverse projects, and role in Apple and Nike campaigns, and witness Lawrence’s journey—a fusion of innovation, imagination, cultural influences, and a commitment to authentic storytelling. Subscribe to the YouTube channel to watch the conversation.

Get photoshoot fresh, fam! New Black Shutter gear is available to kick start 2024 – it ain't just merch, it's a movement...
02/01/2024

Get photoshoot fresh, fam! New Black Shutter gear is available to kick start 2024 – it ain't just merch, it's a movement. Elevate the art, amplify the voice, narrate your story. All support goes into the production of the podcast. Help us share more stories of Black photographers. Rock on.

Purchase fresh Black Shutter merchandise for your next photoshoot. All Black hoodie, sweatshirt, 5-panel cap and mug is available to kick start 2024 – it ain't just merch, it's a movement. Elevate the art, amplify the voice, narrate your story.

Keep working whether people are watching or not. The best work is done in silence. Onward.
12/12/2023

Keep working whether people are watching or not. The best work is done in silence. Onward.

Tune in to Episode 79 where we've created a live podcast episode with Brooklyn-based street photographer, Andre Wagner (...
30/11/2023

Tune in to Episode 79 where we've created a live podcast episode with Brooklyn-based street photographer, Andre Wagner (), at The International Center of Photography () located in New York City. We speak with Andre about his ability to find human connections through street photography.

Andre Wagner is a photographer and artist living and working in Brooklyn, NYC. He explores and chronicles the poetic and lyrical nuances of daily life, using the city—particularly his own neighborhood and community—as his subjects. His work and practice fit into the lineage of street photography that investigates the American social landscape, often focusing his lens on themes of race, class, and cultural identity. His work has been seen in The New York Times, the New Yorker, Time, Vogue, and several other publications. He also photographed the key art and campaign photography for Queen & Slim. Andre is the 2022 Gordon Parks fellow ().
Links to the streaming platforms are in the bio.

Big congrats to  for her recent  award for this beautiful image of the Women of Wakanda. Keep going sis! 💪🏿
30/11/2023

Big congrats to for her recent award for this beautiful image of the Women of Wakanda. Keep going sis! 💪🏿

Peace Family,Got to rap with the homie Kareem Black, editorial and portrait photographer, about photographing rappers in...
20/11/2023

Peace Family,

Got to rap with the homie Kareem Black, editorial and portrait photographer, about photographing rappers in the early stages of their careers. Kanye before he was Yeezy, J Cole when he had a low cut, etc. Dope to hear these stories and see the photos to go along. Watch, share, and subscribe to the Youtube channel for more content. As always, we appreciate all the love and support.

Peace

In the 50th year of Hip Hop, many photographers went digging into their archives to find images that have contributed to the culture. Kareem Black, a portrai...

Catch us in conversation with the homie  (Michael A. McCoy) at  on November 3rd as we discuss his project about Black ve...
26/10/2023

Catch us in conversation with the homie (Michael A. McCoy) at on November 3rd as we discuss his project about Black veterans, a marginalized group that receives very little attention. 🔗Link to RSVP in the bio.


Michael A. McCoy () is a distinguished and highly acclaimed Washington, D.C.-based photographer, recognized for his exceptional talent and contributions in the field of photojournalism and portrait photography. With a compelling blend of skills and experiences, he has made a significant mark on the world of photography. As a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist and portrait photographer, Michael has skillfully captured some of the most pivotal moments in recent history. His portfolio boasts an impressive range of subjects, from capturing the essence of prominent individuals during historic events to revealing the intimate and heartfelt moments shared by everyday people. His work is characterized by its engaging, affectionate, insightful, and alluring qualities, reflecting his keen eye for storytelling through imagery.

Peace family,After a short break from Black Shutter, we're back with a fresh coat of paint on our new YouTube channel. I...
19/10/2023

Peace family,
After a short break from Black Shutter, we're back with a fresh coat of paint on our new YouTube channel. It's all about bringing the podcast to life visually and showcasing the original content we're cooking up. Tune in, subscribe, and spread the vibe if you're digging it. Big love for the ongoing support! 📸 ✊🏿 ✨
https://www.youtube.com/

Tune in to Episode 77 where we speak with Los Angeles-based photojournalist and documentary photographer, Gabriella Ango...
20/07/2023

Tune in to Episode 77 where we speak with Los Angeles-based photojournalist and documentary photographer, Gabriella Angotti-Jones, about the nuances of navigating the photography world as a Black woman.

Los Angeles-based photojournalist and documentary photographer, Gabriella Angotti-Jones, combines her interest in environmental studies with her love of photography to create meaningful work.

Naeem Douglas is an Emmy-nominated journalist based in New York City. Naeem wrote, shot, edited, and reported his daily ...
26/06/2023

Naeem Douglas is an Emmy-nominated journalist based in New York City. Naeem wrote, shot, edited, and reported his daily stories as a television reporter. Behind the scenes, he also wrote for CBS Network Radio and produced for CBS’s streaming service CBSN. His reporting has been seen on PBS, CNN, CBS, NY1, NBC, and many more. Tune in to Episode 76 where we speak with Brooklyn-based street and portrait photographer, Naeem Douglas ( ), about his approach to photographing strangers on the street.

From the lens of Adedayo Kosoko (). Tune in to episode 75 to hear our conversation. 🔗Link in bio.…
12/06/2023

From the lens of Adedayo Kosoko (). Tune in to episode 75 to hear our conversation. 🔗Link in bio.

Beautiful light and shape from the lens of Adedayo Kosoko ().Tune in to episode 75 to hear our conversation about the po...
09/06/2023

Beautiful light and shape from the lens of Adedayo Kosoko ().

Tune in to episode 75 to hear our conversation about the power of names. Link in bio.

Some names carry tremendous power. When our names have meaning we are bestowed with the honor and obligation to live up ...
05/06/2023

Some names carry tremendous power. When our names have meaning we are bestowed with the honor and obligation to live up to that name. Our guest in this episode, Adedayo Kosoko, is a Nigerian-American photographer whose name means Crown of Joy and his personality reflects his name. He is a portrait and editorial photographer who believes in collaboration over competition. He was recently named on the Forbes’ Next 1000 list of entrepreneurs, which recognizes top-performing entrepreneurs in the United States. Some of his clients include Nike, Gucci, Meta, Amazon, Essence, and Ralph Lauren, to name a few.

Tune in to Episode 75 where we speak with Washington DC-based portrait and editorial photographer, Adedayo Kosoko (), about the power of your name and living up to your greatest potential.

🔗 Link in bio.

From the lens of Ethiopian-American artist-photographer, Redeat Wondemu ().…
20/05/2023

From the lens of Ethiopian-American artist-photographer, Redeat Wondemu ().

The Archive is a photography meet up forBlack Shutter family and supporters. This is an opportunity to build community ...
17/05/2023

The Archive is a photography meet up forBlack Shutter family and supporters. This is an opportunity to build community with Black photographers and visual storytellers.Come through, show love, and raise a glass in celebration of the culture.Please RSVP at blkshutter.com/rsvp by May 29th to confirm your attendance. See you there!

From the lens of Ethiopian-American art photographer Redeat Wondemu ()…
16/05/2023

From the lens of Ethiopian-American art photographer Redeat Wondemu ()

If you’ve been interested in or currently practice film photography, this episode will inspire you to go purchase a bunc...
13/05/2023

If you’ve been interested in or currently practice film photography, this episode will inspire you to go purchase a bunch of rolls. We are definitely excited to dive back into the slow process of film after hearing Redeat Wondemu’s process.

Tune in to Episode 74 where we speak with Washington D.C.- based artist/photographer, Redeat Wondemu (), about the process of documenting a Muse.

“To me, the job of photographing food is to give you as close of an idea of the experience of trying it.”…Quote from epi...
11/05/2023

“To me, the job of photographing food is to give you as close of an idea of the experience of trying it.”

Quote from episode 73 featuring Brooklyn-based food and culture photographer Clay Williams (). Tune in to hear the whole conversation.
Link in bio.

From the lens of  (Clay Williams) Tune in to episode 73 to hear our conversation about his approach to documenting the c...
05/05/2023

From the lens of (Clay Williams) Tune in to episode 73 to hear our conversation about his approach to documenting the culture of food. Link in bio.

Brooklyn-based photographer, Clay Williams, considers himself a documentarian who focuses on the culture of food - the h...
28/04/2023

Brooklyn-based photographer, Clay Williams, considers himself a documentarian who focuses on the culture of food - the history, the chefs, the process, the meal itself, and the culture that brings all of these elements together. His culinary adventures have taken him on road trips through Argentina and South Louisiana. They have found him hanging off the back of food trucks from Paris to The Bronx. In 2019, he co-founded Black Food Folks, a platform for professionals working in food and food media. His client list includes The New York Times, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and The James Beard Foundation.

Tune in to Episode 73 to hear his story as it revolves around the culture of food. 🔗 in bio.

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