Born in Harlem, NY, photographer.Kwame Brathwaite has widely been considered the "keeper of the images" for the Black Arts and Culture Movement. During his illustrious career which spans nearly 55 years, Brathwaite has had the honor of capturing some of Black History's greatest moments and progressive figures.
Beginning as a jazz photographer in 1956, Kwame's photojournalism has appeared in albums by George Benson and Hubert Laws for CTI Records and in publications in the United States, Europe, Africa, Japan and South America. Some of these include Allure, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Glamour, GQ,New York Magazine, People, Who Weekly, AdLib (Japan), Blues & Soul (England), and Everybody's Caribbean Magazine among others.
Mr. Brathwaite has traveled extensively with his camera in the US and abroad, photographing education, political and entertainment still
documentation during the 20th and 21st century. He has had the honor of being selected by several heads of state to document their travels
in the U.S., including President Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea, Maurice Bishop of Grenada and President Sam Nujoma of Namibia. Among his most
treasured images are his coverage of the funeral of his namesake, Kwame Nkrumah, the independence of Namibia along with the Inauguration
of his longtime friend Pres. Sam Njoma, and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, the later two events are amongst the things for which he had
fought for for more than thirty years.
He was awarded the Career Achievement Award for creating some of yesterdays and today's most gripping images by the National Conference of Artists (NCA) for 50 years of photojournalism.