Photographer Bre’Ann White Shoots to Capture Black Beauty

The artist says she ‘stumbled into’ photography, but her striking images have captured worldwide attention.

Bre'Ann White

Bre’Ann White is a fashion and portrait photographer from Detroit known for her striking photos and her ease behind the camera that makes for a natural experience. “Truthfully, I stumbled into photography back in 2010 and haven’t looked back since,” White says. Her photography career got off to a fast start after a chance meeting with publicist F. Carlton Peeples.

“When he asked to see my portfolio, I told him I didn’t have it on me, but I could send it by Friday. I spent the rest of the week Googling ‘how to be a photographer’ and created a portfolio with friends and family. And the very next week I was in the studio shooting Idris Elba for the Michigan Chronicle.” 

Bre'Ann White
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Whether photographing everyday people, celebrities like Big Sean, fashion editorials or brand campaigns, her camera captures her subjects’ authentic character. White’s photos have been exhibited in the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Norwest Gallery and elsewhere. 

Last year kept White busy. Among other projects, she released two prints and enacted her Season of Giving campaign, offering low-income families free family photos. “My work is most recognizable for the dark, luscious skin tones and low angles. My mission in life is to uplift my community and give a voice and platform to the limitless power and beauty of the Black experience.” 

As for 2021, White has plans for a solo exhibition in Los Angeles.  

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