These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About

In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse, we reached out to photographers whose work opposes silence and discrimination.

These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Jerome, 2015   Matthew Papa

This is a time to stand up and fight back. A few hours after I heard the news about the shooting at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, I felt the need to address this tragedy in some way. While mourning for the victims of this massacre, I simultaneously wanted to celebrate the LGBTQ community, especially people of color. As a photo editor and someone that identifies within that community, I wanted images that celebrated us because we need visibility — we can't fade into darkness and let these catastrophes define us.

I reached out to photographers whose work feels so relevant to me right now because they speak about people reclaiming their bodies and power. The work of these artists — Bryson Rand, Ian Lewandowski, John Edmonds, Laurel Golio, Matthew Papa, Richard Perez, and Zak Krevitt from New York, and Denmark's Freja Wold — opposes silence, oppression, discrimination, and hate. Through the subjects' gazes, subtle gestures, and quiet or loud moments in-between, we are confronted by their intimacy, complexity, and beauty. As Wold told me over email, "When politics fail, art often wins."

These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Siren, 2015   Ian Lewandowski
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Untitled   Richard Perez
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Mahlon, 20, Riverside, CA   Laurel Golio
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Caitlyn, 18, Las Vegas, NV   Laurel Golio
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Color Field   Richard Perez
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Untitled (Me & Jae), 2015   John Edmonds
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Kwasi (Brooklyn), 2015   Bryson Rand
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Peter (Los Angeles), 2016   Bryson Rand
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Paul (Brooklyn), 2015   Bryson Rand
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About MIX Festival   Zak Krevitt
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Untitled (Malene)   Freja Wold
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Untitled (Malene)   Freja Wold
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Dance   Richard Perez
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Portrait of Derrick Miller-Handley, 2015   Ian Lewandowski
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Portrait of Morell Cutler, 2015   Ian Lewandowski
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Le1f at Westgay   Zak Krevitt
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Paul Prepairing for the Armenius Ball, NoLa   Zak Krevitt
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About Before the Ball, NoLa   Zak Krevitt
June 13, 2016
These Intimate Photographs Capture One Small Ounce Of What Pride Is All About