Black Photographers Highlighted in Apple’s ‘Hometown’ Series

In the first of likely several initiatives for Black History Month, Apple released an exceptional feature highlighting black photographers in the United States. The title “Heimatstadt” refers to the simple premise: Photographers tell the story of their hometown. All on the iPhone 12 Pro, of course.

The play features Julien James from Washington, DC, Lawrence Agyei from Chicago, Gabriella Angotti-Jones from Los Angeles, Brian Day from Detroit and Lelanie Foster from New York City. Each personal story is accompanied by a few selected photos that highlight the photographer’s view of his city. The selection of photographs is impressive, both in terms of their contribution to history and in terms of their fundamental quality.

Together with the photos, the excerpts from one to three paragraphs, in which the hometowns – and especially the neighborhood of the photographer within the city – are described, are excellent. They are all worth a visit.

The value of this piece isn’t limited to what it made into the website feature. Apple involved over 30 photographers for this series and is also highlighting on Instagram throughout February. I definitely recommend browsing the photos there.

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