19 LGBTQAI+ Photographers You Need to Follow

At the conclusion of Pride Month 2022, we’re rounding up some of the best stories of LGBTQAI+ photographers we’ve done. This roundup includes lots of work put together by our staff over the years in conjunction with the many photographers we’ve helped champion. We think you’re bound to fall in love with their stories. Here are some LGBTQAI+ photographers worth a follow.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Brooke DiDonato’s Surreal Photography

Photographer Brooke DiDonato talked to us about how she scored gigs with the likes of Huawei and more

Photographer Brooke DiDonato was the guest of our latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, now located on Adorama’s Facebook page. Her work mostly focuses on the surreal and she finds ways to make people really think about the images they’re seeing. When you look at Brooke’s photos, you tend to notice a sense of the whimsical in them. Even better, Brooke does these images without a lot of Photoshop. It’s a testament to her work as she originally started in photojournalism and then decided that she wanted to get into the more commercial and surreal side in order to be more expressive.

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All Is Not Right In Brooke DiDonato’s A House is Not a Home

All Images By Brooke DiDonato. Used Under a Creative Common’s License

A house; a series of walls, an assortment of furniture, food, and clothing, maybe a yard. Above all things, though, a house is a home, a place where people live… a place where you live. Brooke DiDonato’s A House Is  Not A Home depicts what it is like when your house is no longer your home, no longer a place you want to be, no longer a place you feel safe, wanted or loved. Continue reading…

The Surreal Photos of Brooke DiDonato Yearn to Tell Stories

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All images by Brooke DiDonato. Used with permission

“I fell into this type of photography unexpectedly.” says Brooklyn based photographer Brooke DiDonato about her surreal art photos. “I actually studied photojournalism in school so I was formally trained to work for a news outlet. And although I clearly veered off the traditional journalism path, these guidelines are still invaluable to the type of work I do now.” Ms. DiDonato’s background in photojournalism taught her the power of visual storytelling–which then translates into her surreal work. “It showed me how photographs like ‘Napalm Girl’ by Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Ut could change the way we see the world.”

“So I started using my camera as a tool to shed light on these stories by creating a body of work that walks the boundary between fact and fiction. These images depict real narratives about vulnerability, instability and self-destruction fused with dream-like visual qualities.”

Brooke totes around a Sony RX1 point and shoot for lots of her work because she’s warmed up to its compact size and light weight coupled with the image quality it can produce. But when she’s in the studio, she works with her Nikon D7000 and strobes. When you combine this with her background, you can figure out that the intent of her work is greatly influenced by the background in photojournalism and sociology that Brooke has cultivated. “I love the idea of human connection through a photograph: creating a sense of empathy or suspense between the audience and the characters in each image.” explains Brooke. “With that in mind, I’m constantly trying to put the viewer in the middle of a moment with an implied beginning and end. Of course each photo means something personal to me, but I hope the audience can discover their own story.” Brooke continues to explain that she thinks that there is something really powerful about connecting with people through a photograph, even if it’s only for a fleeting moment.

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