Black Museum by Ed Maximus

About the project:
Black Museum is an extension of my ongoing project entitled “For Colored Girls” and an ode to black women. This project was conceived in response to my frustration of the broken narrative that is often presented about black women. A major part of that narrative involves the policing and politicization of their body. My aim was to create a series of work that celebrates black women for being both masterpieces and creators. Black Museum was created in collaboration with a group of women whom I admire and respect. I am forever grateful for their humanity and their trust.

Photographer’s Bio
Ed Maximus was born and raised in Haiti, then moved to the United States in 2000. From an early age, he wanted to be an Astronaut because of his fascination with stargazing, the solar system, and space traveling. While in college, he decided to give up the dream of becoming an astronaut and chose to be a mechanical engineer instead. In 2009, a year prior to receiving his engineering degree, he picked up photography as a form of therapy for stress. Over the years, He found his voice through the medium as he balanced the life of being an engineer and a photographer. He moved to NYC in 2014 to further pursue a career in photography. Maximus navigates both the fashion and fine art world by creating engaging work that focuses on highlighting his subject’s soul.

Stylist’s Bio
Miss Akinola is a Nigerian, London born Freelance Stylist, Fashion Editor and Brand Consultant; who moved to New York City in 2013 after stints at British GQ and MR

After acting as an Assistant Stylist to legendary Creatives such as Paul Cavaco, Darcy Backlar, and Roxane Danset; Yety stepped out on her own in 2015, with a client roster that currently includes publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE and Glamour and brands such as Nike, NBC, Saks Fifth and Amazon Fashion. Yety is currently based between New York City, Los Angeles and London.

MUA’s Bio
Jaleesa Jaikaran is a Trinidadian makeup artist based in New York City. She uses her exposure to different cultures and music as an inspiration for her work. With her obsession with the transformative powers of makeup, she is known for her ability to create flawless, natural skin. Jaleesa primarily works in the fashion and beauty industry.

Full Credits

Models:
– Dominique Babineaux – Heroes New York 
– Najiyah Imani – Heroes New York 
– Madelynn Poulson 
– Joi Bahama 
– Suhailah Wali 
– Fatima Turay

Hair: Suhailah Wali at SuhStudios

Photo Assistants:
– Rosetta Adams
– Fatima Turay
– Nelly Mirabel

Stylist Assistants:
– Ellie Saluan 
– Shantel Thompson Davis

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