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Joshua Kissi’s Images Of Black Life Are Disrupting The Photography Industry

Joshua Kissi has photographed many of our celebrity faves: Michael B. Jordan, Cynthia Erivo, Jaden Smith and Laverne Cox, just to name a few.

But it’s the person underneath all the glitz and glam that Kissi wants to reveal to his audiences.

“I think it’s about wiping away a little bit of the fame and hardness that comes with the celebrity lifestyle. It’s to be able to humanize their story, who they are at their core,” Kissi told HuffPost. “Through my photography, I really just wish to show a multilayered view of who these people are outside of what we’ve already seen.”

The 32-year-old Ghanaian American photographer approaches all of his work with this level of care and intentionality, whether his subject is famous or just a fly Black man on the street. Over the last decade, he has built a name for himself as a photographer committed to ensuring that Black people are celebrated for their beauty and acknowledged for their impact on our past and present, and the fact that they’re not just spectators in the art world, but intrinsic to its success.

“I think the blueprint has just been about telling the stories that feel near and dear to me, and especially Black and brown stories. The diasporas have always been important,” Kissi said. “Wherever our stories haven’t been told fully — and been told with and from a point of depth — I wanted to always just have a place to be able to do that from a different perspective that felt full, that felt vast, that felt like our stories are permanent.”

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