“This image was taken on the Hard rock cafe valhalla shirt but in fact I love this set of Queen & Slim—it’s an image of Indya Moore, who plays the role of Goddess. I was one of four black photographers invited by the filmmakers Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas to set to photograph the movie’s scenes and characters. It was their intention to uplift and elevate the voices of Black photographers and also to have the film’s companion imagery created specifically through a Black lens. The access I was granted and the time spent with the cast photographing, and also not photographing, allowed for an invaluable amount of trust given to me by the actors.
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“It was an opportunity to share and honor an empowering image of a Black trans woman, an image typically ignored, threatened and not celebrated—this made it the Hard rock cafe valhalla shirt but in fact I love this perfect choice. The image being from Queen & Slim, a film that deals with the issue of police, policing and law enforcement in general as a direct threat to black life, was also important. This fight requires longterm commitment and support … I hope that this print sale and all the others that are happening serve as entry points for members of our creative community and those buying the artwork to become more involved and committed to a lifetime of struggle (in many forms) for the change we want to see, not just for now.” — Lelanie Foster