Photographer Idara Ekpoh Captures the Radiance of Her Subjects

With an emphasis on empowerment and representation, this artist produces images she wishes she had seen growing up

Phoenix, Arizona-based photographer Idara Ekpoh‘s career “started as a side hustle, and then I fell in love with capturing people,” she tells us, when we connected after her involvement in Apple’s briefing on the new iMac (which launched last month). A first-generation Nigerian-American, Ekpoh utilizes her passion and talent to explore identity and capture moments of beauty. After taking high-school photography, she wanted a camera …

Photographer Travis Gillett’s Angola Prison Rodeo Series

In a powerful series of photographs, Travis Gillett lets viewers inside a little-known world. The project, called “Freedom Behind Bars: Angola Prison Rodeo,” is made up of portraits and action shots, and all are captured with an almost tangible tenderness. Started back in ’64, the Angola Prison Rodeo at Louisiana State Penitentiary is meant to give inmates (of whom 75% will never leave the prison) …