Kay Hickman is a New York City based documentary photographer and visual artist. With an inquisitive eye, she offers a unique and empathetic perspective into the everyday lives of the people she photographs. Her work largely focuses on documenting the human experience as it relates to identity, human rights and health issues. Hickman’s work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Vogue, Utne Reader, Ms. Magazine, OkayPlayer, Coeval, Jazz Halo and Photographic Journal: MFON Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Hickman also Joined the Everyday Project’s Advisory Board where she works on various initiatives, as well as helps curate Everyday Black America’s instagram feed.
Hickman is inspired by works of Gordon Parks, Vivian Maier and Carrie Mae Weems, to name a few. She fell in love with visual arts at a young age and often went to the museum with her Mom. She found it to be a great method of documenting the era, while also gaining insight of the person who created the work. From these experiences, Hickman realized the importance of representation and seeing through an empathic lens.