We Matter by Koren Martin, 2017, Photography, 16 ×120 inches
Koren Martin is a Philadelphia based photographer originally from Atlantic City, NJ. Her interest in photography was first fostered as a child by vivid portraits captured by her paternal grandfather who owned a photography business. She loves photography for its power to preserve the moment and propagate vivid storytelling.
Her photography is guided by capturing an intimate moment that may go unnoticed by many, but that time reveal have boundless meaning. Koren’s gaze has been cultivated by her connection to home and rooted in deep spirituality. Her photography interests meet at the intersection of activism, advocacy and love for her ancestors and the African Diaspora. She documents the shifting legacies of communities of color via portraiture, documentary and street photography. Koren Martin has worked on several documentary film projects as a teaching assistant and also sound… She has also received an honorable mention in MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, an exclusive and commemorative biannual journal committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of women photographers of African descent.