Juneteenth 2022 – Celebrating Black creativity.

June 19th, 2022
Juneteenth 2022 - Celebrating Black Creativity

In recognition of Juneteenth, the newest US federal holiday, we turn the spotlight on Black artists and photographers from the Zenfolio and Format community as a tangible recognition of their societal journey and the importance of their cultural contributions. Diversity has long been a company core value and we recognize the significance of Juneteenth as an annual paid holiday for our employees.

From activism to the everyday, this collection of artists and photographers use their talents to create meaningful art and images that bring visibility to the Black community.

black and white portrait of a black woman holding flowers
Darien Robertson @darienrobertson
https://www.darienrobertson.com/
Darien Robertson is a Jamaican photographer currently living in Fukuoka, Japan. He specializes in portraits, commercial, and editorial work. His experience with photography and advertising provides the opportunity to work with clients knowing how both sides of a creative endeavour works together to create great content.

black woman with her hands and long red fingernails covering her face
Esther Sweeny @sweeney_queen
https://www.esthersweeney.com/home
Esther Sweeney is an independent self taught photographer based in Nairobi.  She is passionate about documenting black people and showing the beauty, culture, and vibrance of Africa.

black and white portrait with narrow depth of field, with the focus on the hair texture
Dante Haughton @dantegraphene
https://www.dantegraphene.art/
Dante is a filmmaker concerned with addressing canonical narratives, revising them from perspectives of underrepresented voices. Born and raised in New Haven, CT, he strives to generate artistic opportunities for people of historically suppressed communities.

backlit person sitting in driver's seat of a vehicle, with a line of mountains and windmills visible through the windows
Jared Malik Royal @Jaredmroyal
https://www.jaredmroyal.com/
Jared Malik Royal is a director and visual artist focused on creating work that expresses bold surrealism, thoughtful balance, and reflects the fringe experiences of counter cultures in film, music, and design.

burner with pan of cooking food in front of a yellow wall
Gabrielle Guy @thegabrielleguy
https://www.gabrielle-guy.com/
Gabrielle Guy is a visual artist and PhD researcher (current) specialising in portrait and documentary photography.

black and white portrait of a black man sitting on the edge of a bed looking out the window, with his back to the camera
Michael Epps @michaelepps
http://www.michael-epps.com/ 
Michael Epps is a New York based photographer, with a particular interest in portraiture. He is also a filmmaker, specializing in short form narratives.

black man and woman lying on the floor in opposite directions, their heads touching
Jillian Xenia @jillianxenia
https://jillian-xenia.format.com/ 
Jillian Xenia is a biracial (Afro-Caribbean/European) photographer who captures emotions through digital and film photography.

portrait of black man in mixed blue and red light, with glowing designs painted on his skin
Satara @timing_perfectionn
Satara is the owner of Timing Perfection, based in Florida. She enjoys creating images that exemplify the hidden jewels inside us all, typically not seen by the naked everyday eye.

black woman posed holding her hat brim, wearing large sunglasses and colorful fringed clothing
Sherwin Dyer @ShoShots 
https://www.shoshots.com/
Sherwin Dyer is based in New York, NY where he specializes in event photography. His recent work captures the vibrancy of the DJ and live music scene around New York and Toronto.

young black girls wearing red and black, sitting on the grass with upturned tree roots behind them
Nakeshia Shannon @nakeshiarenee
Nakeshia Shannon is a portrait photographer based in Clemson, South Carolina. She loves capturing beautiful and fun moments, and has a gift for both seeing and creating beauty in unexpected places.

portrait of a black man lit on one side by bars of colorful striped lights
Patrick Meredith @Am2pm_images 
https://am2pmimages.com/
Patrick Meredith operates out of Charlotte, Houston and Atlanta. He shoots Portraiture, Events, Weddings, and Editorial photography, specializing in content for influencers, using light and color to capture the beauty and simplicity of a scene.

Since it was first celebrated in Galveston Bay, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth has been a vital milestone to commemorate the freedom of enslaved Black people as declared in the Emancipation Proclamation which had been signed by Abraham Lincoln over two years prior. Now this important date is enshrined in our national consciousness to be remembered and honored not just annually, but everyday.

In a message to employees from CEO John Loughlin, he urged, “…take this opportunity to remember and reflect on the Emancipation and the larger story of the history of slavery in America, and to put it in its proper context as part of our past and present. I strongly encourage you to use the Juneteenth holiday as a motivator to learn and more deeply understand the trials, challenges and accomplishments of Black Americans.”

Cheryl is the Director of Content Strategy at Zenfolio and the Owner/Photographer at Portraits by Cheryl and Seniors by Cheryl in Raleigh, NC. Cheryl has mentored countless new photographers looking to build successful photography businesses.

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