Nominated by Dazed 100er Quil Lemons
Kennedi Carter made headlines in 2020 when, at 21, she became the youngest photographer to shoot the cover of British Vogue – with no less than Beyoncé as her subject. For the Durham, North Carolina native, who is originally from Dallas, Texas, the historic shoot was an ideal convergence of everything she loves. Inspired by photographers Gordon Parks, Deana Lawson, and Carrie Mae Weems as well as painters spanning Titus Kaphar, Frida Kahlo, and Artemisia Gentileschi, Carter aspires to create timeless works that echo the glory of the American South she calls home.
Whether photographing Erykah Badu and Summer Walker for the cover of Rolling Stone or Black cowboys for “Ridin’ Sucka Free”, a photo series created in conjunction with Google Pixel and LENS’ Creator Lab to support the work of emerging artists, Carter uses her lens to create an intimate space for connection with her subjects. She allows them to shine with the same warmth and vibrancy they share with close friends and family. Carter is committed to showcasing the profound beauty and depth of Black life, exploring the aesthetic, political, and cultural nuances of the people with love and affection to reimagine notions of creativity and confidence.
Text Miss Rosen