Miami, Florida, USA
About my work
These are snapshots of celebration - from the 2015 to 2019: Martin Luther King Day Parade - Liberty City, Miami Bethune-Cookman University Homecoming Parade - Daytona Beach Goombay Festival Parade - Bahama Village, Key West I feel the need to balance off the trauma in the Black community from COVID-19 and the movement for Black lives with these images of joy - they are a little reprieve from all the images of pain for the past few months.
Johanne Rahaman is a Trinidadian-born, Miami-based documentary photographer, and founder of the ongoing photographic archive, BlackFlorida, which examines shifting urban and rural spaces occupied by the Black communities throughout the State. Compelled by a lack of nuance or positive representation of Black communities in media, Johanne started documenting these communities in Florida that mirror her hometown - the stigmatized Laventille Hills of Trinidad, offering a snapshot of everyday moments. Johanne’s work has appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, Vogue, National Geographic, Hyperallergic, Slate, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Quartz Africa, Fusion Network, Miami NewTimes, Orlando Weekly, and on television and radio, including the NPR affiliate stations: WLRN Miami and WMFE Orlando. She has been published in Oxford American Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, Photo District News, and the photojournal, Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Johanne has exhibited in group and solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Malaysia and Switzerland, and her work is currently on show at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, as a part of the U.S. State Department, Art in Embassies Cultural Exchange program. Johanne is a 2018 recipient of an Ellies Award from Oolite Arts, and grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Alternate ROOTS. She’s been nominated for the British Journal of Photography’s Ones To Watch, and World Press Photo’s 6x6 Global Talent Program, PDN 30
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