Based in Mississippi
Vanessa Charlot is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, lecturer, curator and an Assistant Professor of Creative Multimedia at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of race, politics, culture and sexual/gender expression to explore the collective human experience. The purpose of her work is to produce visual representations free of an oppressive gaze. Vanessa seeks to humanize Black bodies through her photography, restoring the dignity and vitality of those often shot as subjects divorced from context, motives, and histories. Her work invites us all to question our relationship to what we think about when we see Black bodies as static images and in motion.
She has worked throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Her photographs have been commissioned by the New York Times, Gucci, Vogue, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Apple, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Artnet News, The Washington Post and other national and international publications. Vanessa’s work was featured as the cover of the The Photo Issue of Washington Post in November 2022. She lectures at the International Center of Photography and provides safety training to leading media outlets. Vanessa is the recipient of the International Women's Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award for 2021.
Argo Collective Member Since 2023