Allison Minto & Michelle Kemei
Allison Minto is a photographer born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Buffalo State College and an A.A.S. in Commercial Photography from LaGuardia Community College. Her career started out as a backpack journalist for local news and then transitioned into media production for reality and documentary television shows. After years of working in television she decided to follow her passion and document stories through photography. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, PDN, PF Magazine, CUNY Matters, The Lit Magazine, Queens Museum, LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts, The Photo Place Gallery and Project Basho Gallery. Allison is a 2020 MFA photography graduate student at the Yale School of Art.
Michelle Kemei is a photographer from Nairobi. She makes work about fashion, mental health and queerness. Her other interests include sampling teas from around the world and admiring striking architecture.
Grant Title: The Indispensable Project
The lens through which we see the world is dominated by white men. How we consume photography then becomes dependent on a particular kind of gaze, access and selection.We are compelled to change that. We will provide fifteen black female-identified, non-binary and gender non-conforming high school students with disposable film cameras sothey can go into their communities and produce their own narratives. An exhibition of theresulting images will be created to engage students, their families and the greater New Haven community. The exhibition of the students work at the Creative Art Workshop in New Haven from June 3-8th. Learn more here: http://creativeartsworkshop.org/gallery/upcoming-exhibitions/