Color Balance

Featuring work by Kamile Anderson, Janay Bookhart, Stephanie Bravo, Aaron Davis, Mathilde Guiho, Parvathi Kumar, Liu Liu, Priscilla Mars, Lilibeth Robles, Renee Romero, Samar Samry, EbTihal Shedid, and Savannah Thomas.

Curated by Amanda Mollindo, Photographer and Founding Editor of aftrART.

Photography has danced with imperialism, racism, and sexism since it’s invention. Even color film held inherent biases against darker skin tones up until the 1990s. Nevertheless, there is no shortage of photographs depicting people of color — but few have been made by us, to tell our stories from our perspectives.

Photography’s power is derived from the camera’s ability to closely mirror the world as the artist sees it. For that reason, representation matters behind the lens most of all. The work featured Color Balance was created by female-identifying photographers of color who are taking ownership of internal and external narratives through the meaningful act of image-making.

Using 100% of the submission fees from Color Balance, Don’t Smile donated $140 to aftrART, a resource for students who have recently graduated with their degree in the arts and are looking to launch their career.