ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo by Maggie Steber
Johanne Rahaman is a documentary photographer working in both digital and film formats since 2002. Her most recent body of work, an ongoing photographic archive of shifting urban and rural spaces occupied by the Black communities throughout the State of Florida, consists of environmental portraits, landscape, and architectural and images, underscoring the urgency and importance of recording neighbourhoods that are in a constant state of flux. She started documenting these communities that mirror her hometown-the stigmatized Laventille Hills of Trinidad, out of a sense of duty to offer the public an alternative view of working class Black neighbourhoods as a sense of place-as home, in a project called BlackFlorida. Compelled by a lack of nuance or positive representation of Black communities in media, this project offers a snapshot of everyday moments, highlighting entrepreneurship, beauty, sensuality, aging, mortality, youth, and resilience, as she seeks to amplify the silenced and marginalized Black working class. At completion, these images will be repatriated to the communities in which they were created via a trust, to serve as a bridge to the existing archives throughout the state, offering a broader narrative of Black life in Florida.
Rahaman's work has appeared in Vogue Magazine, National Geographic, Huffington Post, Quartz Africa, Fusion Network, BBC, Slate France, and she has been featured in New Yorker Magazine, Hyperallergic, Jezebel, Miami NewTimes, Orlando Weekly, and on NPR’s affiliate stations, WLRN Miami and WMFE Orlando, CBS4, NBC6, WPTV3. Her work has been published in the Summer issue of the Oxford American Magazine, and Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.
Rahaman is a recipient of the Ellies Creator Award 2018, the John S and James L Knight Foundation, Knight Arts Challenge 2017 grant, Alternate ROOTS grant, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) grant.