These Stunning Prints Aim to Help the Advancement of Black Americans

“Historically, Black people have been on the receiving end of the camera lens as the subject matter. The gaze by which we were viewed was not ours. Now, it’s vital that we are narrators of how our stories are told and how we’re seen.”
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ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Jun 2020
photography showing a Black baby and Black skin
Photo: Braylen Dion/Juan Veloz/See In Black

If there’s anything conversations in recent weeks have taught Americans, it’s that there’s needs to be more of a focus on listening to and amplifying the voices of Black Americans—and that’s exactly what this new initiative from See In Black aims to do.

See In Black is a coalition of Black photographers and storytellers. “Historically, Black people have been on the receiving end of the camera lens as the subject matter. The gaze by which we were viewed was not ours. Now, it’s vital that we are narrators of how our stories are told and how we’re seen,” the See In Black founders wrote on their website. “With the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Tony McDade, and other Black people at the hands of law enforcement, See In Black formed as a collective of Black photographers to dismantle white supremacy and systematic oppression.”

Starting today, on Juneteenth, and running until July 3, See In Black, with the support of Artifact Uprising, will be hosting a two-week charity print sale to support their Black photographers. Currently, 80 Black photographers have already committed to the initiative. The prints will be available on See In Black’s website for $100 each (plus the cost of tax and shipping).

The prints will be produced by Artifact Uprising, using their professional-grade giclée print process. The company will also donate the first 1,500 large format prints ordered to benefit the initiative.

All of the profits from the sale will work to support the five key pillars of the advancement of Black American: civil rights, education/arts, intersectionality, community building, and criminal justice reform. The five organizations the sale is donating to are Know Your Know Your Rights Camp, Youth Empowerment Project, National Black Justice Coalition, Black Futures Lab and The Bail Project.

"We are artists and archivists. We do not merely make images of Black figures, we document history that is often unrecorded with intentionality, respect, nuance, and care. We serve as a platform for Black people to stand proudly in their permanence,” two of the See In Black founders, Joshua Kissi and Micaiah Carter, stated.

To learn more about the See In Black team, check out their bios, and to order your prints, visit SeeInBlack.com.

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