NewsMeet Atlanta's Beloved Photographer Susan J. Ross

Meet Atlanta’s Beloved Photographer Susan J. Ross

The Atlanta “photo-griot” describes herself primarily as “a people photographer, finding grace and dignity in the faces of our people.”

She calls herself a “cultural activist,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Natrice Miller, who connected with the cultural artist at a previous photo exhibition. Although Ross does not identify as an official member of the media, she has worked for the City of Atlanta supporting minority and women-owned businesses, capturing her beloved city, which she’s dubbed “Magical Atlanta.” Her website describes her as a “documentary photographer” and “photo-griot,” which in African heritage refers to the “oral historian holding the essence of African history and culture through the word.”

The documentary photographer said she encourages young people today to “take pictures of the folks that they’re involved with, because you never know who is going to grow up to be the next leader in Atlanta or in the world.”

Now, Ross’ shots, boasting a “special connection” to everyday folks, are being preserved for future generations. The Atlanta photographer boasts an archive full of Atlanta’s young artists, campaign rallies, community discussions, and annual events. Ross is a founding member of Sistagraphy, a collective of Black women photographers who express themselves and share their passion for photography.

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Source: Black Enterprise

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