Sean Black

Violet as Shakespeare’s Ophelia, Miami, Florida 2020 ©Sean Black

Sean Black
Violet as Ophelia, Miami, FL 2021
Archival Ink Jet Print
20 x 24
A/P 2

©Per Bernal


Sean Black is a visual artist, university educator and journalist working in the fields of health equity and social justice. His decade-long tenure as Senior Editor with A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine allowed him the opportunity of photographing and interviewing numerous luminaries in the fights against HIV/AIDS including Sheryl Lee Ralph, Chloë Sevigny, MJ Rodriguez, Alicia Keys, Kylie Minogue, John Waters, Debra Messing, Greg Louganis and many more; thus growing the publication’s mission of collecting, archiving, publishing and distributing the art, activism, and current events emanating from the AIDS pandemic. His work has been published internationally in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USAToday, People Magazine, Variety, Rolling Stone, Forbes, NBC News, GQ, Marie Claire, Ebony, The New Statesman, Stern Magazine, Playbill, Springer Medizin, The Advocate, Metrosource, Positively Aware and more. In addition to his MFA, he holds an MA in Photography from California State University San Bernardino (2009) and a BS degree in Information Technology from Barry University (2004). He has lectured and exhibited internationally. He was recently awarded grants by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and UNAIDS (The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) an innovative partnership of 11 United Nations (UN) Cosponsors including UNICEF, UNESCO, UN Women, WHO and The World Bank.

When did you start using Leica? 2016 
What is your favorite camera? SL Typ 601
What is your favorite subject matter to shoot? Humans
What other Leica camera are you thinking of getting? SLS
How has Leica changed your life? Allowed meet to connect with the brand that my father used after he immigrated to the US and served the US Army as a staff photographer for the Armed Forces Stars and Stripes Newspaper in the 1950s.
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