I am a visual journalist and professor based in Los Angeles, with an MFA in Photography, a Ph.D. in Communication and two decades of experience as a photographer and photo editor.  As a queer, first-generation Jamaican-American, I care deeply about the visual rhetorics of immigration/borders, Blackness, LGBTQ+ communities, diaspora, and the Global South. My visual work reframes race, gender, climate futures, LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities through a liberation lens. I am currently documenting the environmental justice issue of Los Angeles urban oil production, supported by the Pulitzer Center/Diversify Photo Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant and featured by Adobe

Previously, I created Source of Safety, an identity-aware safety resource for visual journalists, as a 2022-2023 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow. I've been an IWMF NextGen Fellow, an awardee of the World Press Photo Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative (for my work on a Tijuana LGBTQ+ migrant shelter) and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University's Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

As a Founding Member and Executive Director of Authority Collective, I help build community and opportunity for women/nonbinary photographers of color while also co-producing interventions into the status quo of visual media with projects such as the the Visual Leadership SalonVEER zinePhoto Bill of Rights and Guide to Inclusive Photography. I am also Vice President of the National Press Photographer's Association

For assignment inquiries and other opportunities (or just to say hello!), please get in touch. While I can work on any topic in any environment, I especially love to tell visual stories about people of color, LGBTQIA+ community, dance in its many forms, and to make portraits of all kinds for your news outlet, organization, business, non-profit or NGO.

For information on my consulting services to help your organization, film set or newsroom tell compelling visual stories for diverse audiences equitably and inclusively, click here.  |  1-770-331-9107  (mobile)


Wall Street Journal, NPR, New York Times, Newsweek, ESPN, Northface, HuffPost,, Men's Health, Allure, Los Angeles Magazine, Photoshelter, ProPublica, Atlantic Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Earthjustice, International Herald Tribune, Scholastic, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Nike, Cushman & Wakefield, MilkLife, Foot Locker, Bloomsbury


2023 Adobe Changemaker 

2022  Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship, 2022-2023

2022  Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant, The Pulitzer Center + Diversify Photo 

2022 LA Center of Photography JEDI Award

2022 NPPA President's Award

2021 Intl. Visual Sociology Association Awards: Progressive Advocacy and Visual Research Award 

2021 Southern California Journalism Awards: Magazine Commentary

2021 American Photography 37 

2020 Southern California Journalism Awards: News Photo Essay, Portrait Photo, & Magazine Commentary

2019 World Press Photo Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative Grant

2018 UC Presidents Dissertation Fellowship

2017 FOLIO Ozzie Award, Best B2B Single Article, NYC

2016 Knight Visiting Fellow, Nieman Journalism Foundation, Harvard University

2016 Best Film Prize: Porn Star Quotidian, Thinking Gender Conference

2015 Excellence in Diversity Advocacy Award, UC San Diego

2015 Challenge America Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

2011 Off the Edge|Public Festival Artist Grant

2007 Chips Quinn Journalism Scholar


2022 B&H Podcast: On Cornell Watson's The Drowning

2021 Social Documentary Network: Photographing the Long Road to Justice panelist

2021 Buzzfeed News Creative Industry Leaders Predictions for 2021

2020 Elle Magazine Topic Expert: TikTok Activism

2020 Photo Ethics Centre: On Critical Media Production

2020 NPPA/ASMP Panelist: "The Movement: Photographs of the Racial Justice Protests for Black Lives"

2020 Palm Springs Photo Fest: APA Presents Diversity & Inclusion

2020 Reynolds Journalism Institute Panelist: Photographing Vulnerable Populations in Public Spaces

2020 Intl. Center of Photography Panelist: Documenting History: Protest Ethics & the Photograph

2020 NPR Topic Expert: Larger Conversation: If And When To Share Videos Of Violence

2020 DigitalPhotoPro: How Photojournalists Are Documenting The George Floyd Protests

2020 Photoshelter Topic Expert: No, Photojournalist’s aren’t arguing for blurring photos

2020 Poynter Institute Topic Expert: Photographing Protestors Faces

2020 SXSW: "The Future of Visual Journalism is Decolonized"

2019 Photoville Panel Moderator: “ReVisioning Queer and Trans People of Color in Photography.

2018 CanonPro Topic Expert: Field of View On Why Photojournalism Needs More Diversity

2018 Photo+ Expo Panelist:“Decolonizing American Photography,”

2018 Bloomberg Businessweek Topic Expert: "Why Photography Can't Get Woke"

2018 Month of Photography LA Panel Moderator: “Inclusivity Now” 

2017 Photoville Panelist: “Reclaiming Photography,” 


Wired Magazine, 2022

T Magazine, 2021, 2021

NPR, 2020

Wall Street Journal, 2020

POV Magazine, 2020

Catchlight, 2020

News Photographer Magazine, 2020

APhotoEditor, Daily Edit, 2020

Culturetype, 2020

Vision Slightly Blurred Podcast, Photoshelter, 2019

Rangefinder Magazine, 2019

Photoshelter Blog, April 2019

New York Times LENS Blog, 2019

Art of Doing Podcast, Hatchtribe, 2018 

Re-Picture, 2018

Canon Pro Europe, 2018

New York Times LENS Blog, 2017

PDNPulse, 2017


2022 State of Photography Report

2022 Royal Photographic Society Journal: "A Summer of Reckoning"

2021 New York Times: "Where LGBTQ+ Migrants Find the True Meaning of Shelter"

2021 Zeke Magazine: “From Tulsa to Minneapolis: Photographing the Long Road to Justice.” 

2020 Visual Communication Quarterly:  Revealing the Black Female Aesthetic Through Protest Photojournalism

2020 Nieman Reports: "Protest Photography can be a Powerful Tool For and Against Black Lives Matter"

2020 Photoshelter: A Guide to Inclusive Photography 

2019 Solutions Journalism Network: “Thinking Inclusion + Equity in Solutions Photojournalism.”

2019 Nieman Reports: “Photographing Domestic Violence: Showing Uncomfortable Truths.” 

2017 Photovoice: The Western Gaze

2017 Newsweek: “Inequities Among Photojournalists Produce a Familiar Image.”

2017 Nieman Reports: "Why We Need More Visual Journalists + Photo Editors of Color" 


The Fight for Black Lives (Visual Consultant), 2024

Rebel Vision (Director/Producer), Dances with Films LA, July2023

“What We See”, (Book), 2023

Aint-Bad, Issue 15, 2021

Seattle PhotoWalk, Joint, 2021

"Parallax" Photoville NYC, Joint, 2019

"Parallax" Instagram Headquarters, Joint, NYC, July- Dec. 2019

LGBTQ+ Heroes, San Diego History Center, San Diego, Joint, 2018

"Women in Light" LUXE Gallery, SanDiego, Joint, 2016

"Dames" Liberty Station Art Walk, San Diego, Solo, Nov. 2013

"CreativesRising" SEE Gallery, NewYork City, Joint, Oct. 2013

"Dames"  Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Solo, June 2011

Edge/Public, Rialto Center for the Arts, Solo, Atlanta, Jan. 2011

"Dream of a Common Language" Arnall Golden Gregory Gallery, Atlanta, Joint, 2011

"A Life Beyond Your Own" RAW Space, Atlanta, Joint, May 2010


"America in Crisis" Saatchi Gallery (London), 2022

“Rebel Vision: Black FemmePhotojournalists” Photoville NYC, 2021

"Entitlements" National Center for Civil & Human Rights, 2020

"The Pieces We Are" SixFeetPhoto, 2020

 “Parallax Photoville NYC, New York City, 2019

“Parallax” Annenberg Space for Photography, Photoville LA, Los Angeles, 2019

 “Sweetgrass & Sunlight” (Guest Photo Editor) Confluence Magazine, 2019

 Lit List Exhibit, Photoville NYC, New York City, 2018

 "On All the Time" Outside The Lens, San Diego, 2013


2023  Overseas Press Club

2020 International Photography Awards

2020-2021 National Press Photographers Foundation Scholarships

2020 University Film & Video Association

2019 Candor Arts Residency

2019-2020 Intl. Women’s Media Fund Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards

2019 The Fence

2018 Nikon+ Women Photograph Grant


Ph.D. Communication, University of California San Diego, 2018

   M.A. Arts Administration, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2013

M.F.A. Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2011

B.S. Philosophy and Journalism, Florida A&M University, 2005

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