Black Lenses Matter: Takeisha Jefferson

Discover the unique photography of Takeisha Jefferson, selected as part of an instalment of Black Lenses Matter.

By What We Seee

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Listen to Misan Harriman share his thoughts on Takeisha Jefferson artworks and why she is a talent to watch. 

Misan Harriman (2020)What We Seee

Takeisha was born in January of 1977. She is a US based photographers whose artwork gives life to forgotten and unknown members of her family.

Mother's Earth (2017) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

She was introduced to photography when receiving her first camera around the age of 9. She was self taught having a true love relationship with photography.

Man I Am (2020) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

She joined the military in 1996 and as a young military journalist continued her courting of the camera as a public affairs specialist. After the Air Force she became a portrait photographer.

Her Majesty (2021) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

With 15 years of work under her belt, she decided to attend Auburn University at Montgomery to pursue a degree in Fine Arts. 

As you were (2020) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

Takeisha finds inspiration from from her ancestors, elders and her four children. She uses the intersection of history, current events and hope, for the future to tell these stories through her lens.

Revealed (2020) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

Her journey through her families lost history compelled her to lend voices through her art to people she never heard speak but owes a debt of gratitude for the life they lived.

The Revolution (2019) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

In her photography, she prints mainly on archival paper. 

Le rendez vous (2020) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

With this mixed media techniques you will see influence from tin type and wet plate Photography. 

Shroud (2020) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

Takeisha plans to continue to work on her personal projects with the hopes of amplifying voices of her community and beyond.

The Tea (2019) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

Grandma's, Takeisha Jefferson, 2020, From the collection of: What We Seee
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Throne, Takeisha Jefferson, 2021, From the collection of: What We Seee
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Refinement, Takeisha Jefferson, 2020, From the collection of: What We Seee
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Reckon (2020) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

Voiced (2019) by Takeisha JeffersonWhat We Seee

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Explore more of Takeisha Jefferson's work on her Instagram and Website 

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