Johanne Rahaman is a Trinidadian-born, Miami-based documentary photographer, working in both film and digital formats since 2002, and the founder of the long-haul ongoing project, BlackFlorida.
Johanne Rahaman is a Trinidadian-born, Miami-based documentary photographer, working in both film and digital formats since 2002, and the founder of the long-haul, ongoing project, BlackFlorida. Her work examines shifting urban and rural spaces occupied by the Black communities throughout the State, underscoring the urgency and importance of recording these neighbourhoods that are in a constant state of flux. Compelled by a lack of nuance or positive representation of Black communities in media, Rahaman started documenting these communities in Florida that mirror her hometown- the stigmatized Laventille Hills of Trinidad, offering a snapshot of everyday moments that challenge mainstream narratives that position black communities as problematic.
Rahaman's work has appeared in Vogue Magazine, National Geographic, Huffington Post, Quartz Africa, Fusion Network, BBC, Slate France, and she has been featured in New Yorker Magazine, Jezebel, Miami NewTimes, Orlando Weekly, and on CBS4, NBC6, WPTV3, and NPR’s affiliate stations; WLRN Miami and WMFE Orlando. Rahaman has been published in Oxford American Magazine, and Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.
Rahaman is the recipient of the Oolite Arts, Ellie Award 2018, and grantee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Alternate ROOTS, and Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP). She has been nominated for the British Journal of Photography’s Ones To Watch, PDN’s 30, and World Press Photo’s 6x6 Global Talent Program.
Rahaman’s work has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Florida, California, and New York.