Through the eyes of black women photographers • EBONY

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Afropunk is an artistic experience where black music is mixed with an anti-conformist attitude. It’s a come-as-you-art party, where devotees dress their souls on this day, whether they are moved by afro-inspired gods or dashing anarchist divas from the past, like the sister with the trombone headband.

EBONY connected with the star photographers who captured the badass spirit of the festival from a woman’s perspective. Each lenswoman captured the captivating and daring choices, startling beauty and genuine love that permeate festival devotees and performers, in their sultry way.

Photographer: Megan Sumpton

Cosplayer Kiara Please is getting ready for Rico Nasty’s Afropunk Festival set. Image: Megan Sumpton
Olu from Earthgang greets the AfroPunk Festival crowd. Image: Megan Sumpton
AfroPunk festival-goer in a head piece made of paper clips. Image: Megan Sumpton
Model Ebonee Davis poses for a quick behind-the-scenes photo. Image: Megan Sumpton

Photographer: Marilyn Mwagno

Image: Marilyne Mwango
Image: Marilyne Mwango
Image: Marilyne Mwango

Photographer: Chelcea Stowers

Hair as a sculptural art. Image: Chelcea Stowers
Chiseled in the form of African gods. Image: Chelcea Stowers
Long afro astrophysical puffs. Image: Chelcea Stowers
Black pearl empress. Image: Chelcea Stowers.
Tons of suspenders and plumage are the perfect combination for this flight of fantasy. Image: Chelcea Stowers

Photographer: Chynna Keys

Gaping singer Amini backstage at Afropunk Atlanta. Image: © 2021 Chynna Keys

Photographer: Essence Ransome-Ambersley

“Atlanta Brejahnia” © 2021 Essence Ransome-Ambersley
A trio of black female deities in all of their different incarnations. Image: © 2021 Essence Ransome-Ambersley

Photographer: TK

CeeLo Green, David Banner and TI at Afropunk Atlanta 2021. Image: @spamnokiari

Photographer: Zyaire Brownlee

Attention seekers abounded with their trademark flamboyant accents. Image: Zyaire Brownlee

Photographer: Vivica Satterwhite

An example of black love at the festival. Image: Vivica Satterwhite
Welcome to the Winx club. Image: Vivica Satterwhite
This trio makes us green with envy. Image: Vivica Satterwhite

Photographer: Kai Teshay

. Image: Kai Teshay
Image: Kai Teshay
Laughter among best friends. Image: Kai Teshay

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