"Gratis" by Cheryl Nyasha Johnson

"Gratis" by Cheryl Nyasha Johnson

 

 
 "Untitled 1" by Cheryl Nyasha Johnson

"Untitled 1" by Cheryl Nyasha Johnson

 

 
 "Harlem Kings" by Cheryl Nyasha Johnson

"Harlem Kings" by Cheryl Nyasha Johnson

 

 
 "Untitled 2" by Cheryl Nyasha Johnson

"Untitled 2" by Cheryl Nyasha Johnson

 

 

"I first picked up the camera this summer in June, but I hardly knew how to use it. I started asking friends to teach me and watched many tutorials so I could shoot manually using a digital camera. In so many ways, I am a beginner who still has much to learn. Having taken a History of Photography class, I started reading and watching documentaries about many different street photographers, but Diane Arbus remains one of my biggest influences. Although I am only just beginning this intense journey, I know that I would like to capture images of people who are marginalized in society be it because of economics, age, race, disability, or sexuality. In the future, I plan on learning how to use a film camera so I can stay true to pioneers of Street Photography."

 

Cheryl Nyasha Johnson graduated from Principia College in May 2014 with a major in Business and a minor in Art History. She is currently taking classes at the International Center of Photography in New York City.