Chicago born, London and New York-based photographer Justin French makes socially conscious, afro-futuristic images that aim to elevate LGBTQ+ and PoC subjects. French began formally taking photos in 2014 and has since shot the likes of musicians Kelela and Dev Hynes, and BlacKkKlansman actor John David Washington. But no matter who he photographs, French’s eye imbues his subjects with nobility.
His collaborators include Dazed100 designer Gareth Wrighton and stylist Ib Kamara, who French assisted in styling two of acclaimed artist Khalil Joseph’s video projects commissioned by the Tate Modern and the New Museum in New York. In 2017, works from three of French’s series were selected for participation in the esteemed Red Hook Labs inaugural Labs New Artists photography show in New York.
Thinking about the future, the photographer says, “I’m looking forward to producing two large scale photo and video projects that I would like to show over the course of the next two years in a gallery setting.”