It feels like New York-based artist Nichole Washington (MPS 2016 Digital Photography) is having a moment. Incorporating elements of painting, photography and design in her mixed-media work, Washington creates bold, expressive pieces that have been commissioned by Black Girls Code, Film Movement and HBO. Recently, she created photo illustrations of Black historical figures and artists like the seminal late author and essayist Toni Morrison and Hannah Beachler, the production designer for Marvel’s Black Panther movie, for the National Afro-American Museum. Washington was also recently featured in Refinery29 for photographing up-and-coming star Dominque Fishback for her acclaimed performance in Judas and the Black Messiah.
“I think that my goal is to really just share my personal truths in hopes to expand how people see Blackness,” she said in a recent interview with the Undefeated. Her work celebrates “feminine strength, identity and spirituality,” she says. For the most recent issue of the Visual Arts Journal, she created an image that commemorated the activism, grief, love and transformative potential of the current moment and the movement to support Black lives (see the Instagram post below).
On Tuesday, February 23, at 7:00pm ET, Washington will host an i3 Photo Lecture presented by MPS Digital Photography on Zoom. The i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series features leading photographers, artists and industry experts. In this lecture, Washington will illuminate her process and present an overview of recent projects and commissions. Learn more at our i3 Photo Lecture event page. Check out Washington's Instagram page for more photography.
A version of this article appears in the fall/winter 2020 edition of the Visual Arts Journal.