Powerful Portraits Tell the Stories of Black America
Ruddy Roye's photographs reveal the proud heart of the struggle for racial equality and social justice.
Sensitive moments and vibrant portraits fill the Instagram feed of Brooklyn-based photographer Ruddy Roye, whose work focusing on black life in America and his homeland of Jamaica goes out to an audience of 258,000 followers.
The self-labeled "Humanist/Activist" worked with photo editor Jessie Wender on a story about the National Museum of African American History and Culture, featured in the October 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. Wender had first discovered Roye's photography on Instagram.
"I love Ruddy’s Instagram feed," Wender says. "His portraits are both intimate and direct, [and] he seemed like a perfect fit for this story celebrating the opening of the first national museum dedicated to African American life, art, history, and culture. We were moved by