Every-time the name Cass Bird comes up in our office, everyone gets excited. Only recently did I find out that she is a mom to two children with another woman whom she did not marry. In the interview with Vogue, she shared that “marriage is too easy” for a relationship that has lasted 14 years and is going strong. When asked about sharing privacy on social media and the potential harmful consequences of doing so, her reaction was “can’t just everyone be naked?” Through her lens, her subjects being wild, naked and free is a real life embodiment of her vision of photography, life and beyond.
We love Louie Banks and especially his portraits that play on the juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity. His subjects photograph beautifully and confidently in their own skin and are empowering to look at. When not holding the camera, Louie is a drag queen and an active member of London’s LGBTQ community. In the interview with i-D, he revealed that drag and photography both serve as creative and emotional outlets for him and allow him to express power, strength and individuality.
Campbell‘s pictures have a soft touch and convey a sense of intimacy with his subjects. He described his recent exhibition as a manifestation of his struggle with his religious background and beliefs. Started as a final year project, Nii is an agency and publication created by Campbell to address the issue of under-representation of varied race, gender, sexuality and cultural identities in the fashion industry.
These photographic artists make us proud of the excellent people who bring beauty to the world.