Nino Muñoz shoots key art for the highly anticipated new movie “Hidden Figures,” starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae

Stunning new photographs of Janelle Monae by Kwaku Alston

Kwaku Alston recently produced a stunning set of new portraits of Janelle Monae for Essence‘s April issue, marking the second time he’s shot the uniquely stylish musical artist for the magazine (see their previous collaboration here). “The first Monae shoot (under creative direction of Deborah Boardley) for Essence focused on her as a musician, using her […]

Show me the Monae

Kwaku Alston photographed the stunning singer Janelle Monae—whose refreshingly individual sense of style is part dapper, part classic glamor, part sister from another planet—for the November issue of Essence. Here’s a look. (I’ll update this post next week with a link to a behind-the-scenes post that Kwaku is putting together for his blog, Art of […]

The best music photography?

… Billboard and PDN recently ran a contest to determine the best music photos from the past year, and PDN’s website now features a gallery for the “Year in Music Moment” winners. “Photographers from across the U.S. submitted incredible images of musicians at their best and the fans who follow them,” the site says. “We […]