Sep 262021
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Unmasking Modern Masculinity With Vanessa Charlot

Vanessa Charlot

Vanessa Charlot

Challenge the ideas and frequency of notions surrounding black masculinity in an intimate visual series by award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer, Vanessa Charlot.

Presenters: Vanessa Charlot

Moderators: Polly Irungu

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • Leica Camera

Challenge the ideas and frequency of notions surrounding black masculinity in an intimate visual series by award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer, Vanessa Charlot. Void of distractions and colors, Vanessa reveals the soft, delicate, and vulnerable side of the male body and form in a portrait series that encapsulates the raw beauty and emotion of humanity.

The program is moderated by multimedia journalist and founder of Black Women Photographers, Polly Irungu.

The link to access the program will be sent 1-2 days prior to the start of the program via e-mail through Eventbrite.

Presenter Bios

  • Vanessa Charlot

    Vanessa Charlot

    Vanessa Charlot is an award-winning documentary photographer, filmmaker, lecturer, and curator. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of race, spirituality, economics, and sexual/gender expression. She shoots primarily in black and white to disrupt compositional hierarchy and explore the immutability of the collective human experience. The purpose of her work is to produce visual representations free of an oppressive gaze. Vanessa seeks to humanize Black bodies through her photography, restoring the dignity and vitality of those often shot as subjects divorced from context, motives, and histories. Her work invites us all to question our relationship to what we think about when we see Black bodies as static images and in motion.

    She has worked throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Her photographs have been commissioned by The New York Times, Gucci, VogueRolling Stone, The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Apple, New York MagazineBuzzfeed, Artnet News, The Washington Post, and other national and international publications. She lectures at the International Center of Photography.

Moderator Bios

  • Polly Irungu

    Polly Irungu

    Multimedia journalist, digital editor, and self-taught photographer Polly Irungu is the founder of Black Women Photographers, a global community and online database of Black women and non-binary photographers.

    Polly is also a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC), where she is responsible for managing social media for WNYC and PRX’s “The Takeaway”, a national radio show with over 2 million listeners, pitching news stories and features for “The Takeaway”. Her podcast is ranked the fourth most downloaded, amongst others. As a photographer, Polly’s work has been published in numerous publications, including Global Citizen, NPR, BBC News, The Luupe, MEFeater, Refinery29, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, CNN, HuffPost, OkayPlayer, and OkayAfrica.

    In 2017, Polly completed a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Polly has lived around the world from Nairobi to Topeka, Kansas to Eugene, Oregon to Washington, D.C., to Little Rock, Arkansas, and ultimately to Brooklyn, New York.

    Polly Irungu has spoken about Black Women Photographers, building communities, photography, social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, African media, and journalism as a guest for Ethel’s Club, 2020 HER|visual|STORY Digital Photography Festival, The Loeries Awards – 2020 Creatives Week, AfricaNXT, Twitter Media, NBC News, Art of Freelance, We Are Black Journos, 2020 Palm Springs Photo Festival, The Guardian Nigeria, National Association of Black Journalists, and the Online News Association.


  • Leica Camera

    Leica Camera

    Ignite your passion for photography with Leica Camera at Photoville

    Discover the allure of Leica photography at Photoville through curated photowalks complemented by a Leica on Loan program. From action photography to environmental portraiture, you’ll experience Leica photography and guidance by acclaimed Leica photographers. 

    Leica Camera is founded on a tradition of optical excellence and a conscious focus on the essentials of exquisite image making. For over a century, the brand has motivated visual storytelling through the quintessential union of craftsmanship, design and experience, providing essential tools that influence the art, culture and creation of photography. Photoville attendees can see this firsthand at the Leica Pavilion, which will showcase a one-of-a-kind photographic experience through a variety of interactive Leica activities designed to ignite your passion for photography.

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