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Follow Friday: Black History Month Edition, Part 1

To recognize Black History Month, each week we'll be utilizing our "Follow Friday" segment to highlight a new group of Black creators that inspire so many with their work every day. These photographers, filmmakers and artists specialize in creating that special piece of content that breaks through all the noise, forcing you to stop and take a second to appreciate its artistry.

February is Black History Month and in our first in a series, we’re featuring Black photographers who inspire with their work every day.

Dario Calmese - @dario.studio

In addition to being a brillinat fashion and portrait photographer, Dario Calmese also hosts the Institute Of Black Imagination podcast. He's known for being the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for Vanity Fair, and his photography accomplishments and ambitions are but a part of his polymath identity. See more of his work and follow along as he grows the Institute Of Black Imagination from a podcast to a multi-faceted inspirational and educational physical space.

Rhonisha Franklin – @rdione

Rhonisha Franklin is a portrait photographer with a passion for contemporary portraiture. She specializes in photographing people of color and in 2019 she completed “Profile Noire,” a personal project that came from her desire to showcase the beauty of women of color. She was also the first 2020-2021 Sony Alpha Female+ Grant winner for her companion project, “The Subtle Strength Of Kings.” Give her account a follow for more bold and beautiful portrait work in your feed.

Greg Noire – @gregnoire

Greg Noire is a live music and portrait photographer, and a member of the Alpha Collective. During those live music events, he’s the one right there, hand on shutter, capturing the epic moments that can never be replicated. Since concerts aren’t currently happening, he’s been using his Instagram to throw it back...like in this 2017 photo below of @childishgambino.

Gina Danza – @wildginaa

Gina Danza is a nature photographer and visual storyteller. Her approach to photography includes connecting with nature and getting in touch with her emotional side, something that is reflected through her imagery and has gained her a following on Instagram. Give her account a follow for more storytelling within intimate moments of nature.

Tomayia Colvin, EdD – @tomayiacolvin

Tomayia Colvin, EdD is a teacher, senior portrait photographer, author, photography educator and Sony Artisan of Imagery based in Houston, TX. She founded Tomayia Colvin Education, an online learning platform that gives photographers of color an opportunity to gain momentum and experience in education and speaking. Follow her on Instagram to see more of her work and make sure you visit her website to see all of the courses provided to help you start and grow your photography business.

Temi Coker – @temi.coker

Temi Coker is a Dallas-based creative and member of the Alpha Collective. He’s a multidisciplinary artist who creates colorful digital artistry to go along with his portraiture, and it is so uniquely awesome that you just have to follow him to see what he’ll create and post next. He designs these posters like the one below of himself and was just inducted into the @att 2021 Black Future Makers List and will be rolling out his work every week.

RoGina Montgomery – @roginamontgomery

RoGina Montgomery is a photographer and content creator from Chicago that helps brands, influencers and entrepreneurs tell their story through cinematic imagery and contemporary storytelling. As you scroll through her account you’ll see unique and colorful portraits that stand out by her ability to capture every layer of her subject’s personalities. She was also the winner of our Alpha Female+ Self-Portrait Contest. Give her a follow to see more authentic and beautiful portraiture.

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