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Black Women Photographers on what International Women’s Day means to them

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Black Women Photographers on what International Women’s Day means to them

by Matt Fidler via


he Black Women Photographers collective, established via a Covid-19 relief fund, is approaching its second year of promoting and empowering Black female photographers, as well as increasing the visibility of their work.

In March, a virtual summit supported by Adobe will feature Raven B Varona, Kimberly Douglas, aka @kihmberlieAudrey WoulardLola FlashLola Akinmade ÅkerströmAmanda J Cain, NHL’s first Black woman team photographer, Whitney MateweDeLovie KwagalaCheriss MaySade Ndya, Chaya Howell and Idara Ekpoh.

Above all else, International Women’s Day (IWD) is like all other days: every day I am a woman and every day is my day. But what I appreciate about IWD is that it is usually a call to think more about our identity as women and the…

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