View Birmingham through the lens of 25 local portrait + lifestyle photographers (PHOTOS)

We love seeing the places and faces of Birmingham through local photographers. Photo by @bangimages on Instagram

No photographer on this list is alike, but they all have something in common… They are extraordinary at capturing the people, places, life, and beauty all around Birmingham. If you’re in need of some inspo, keep scrolling to see some of their work, and make sure to give them a follow to bring the inspiration back to your feed.

1. Larry O. Gay | @larrylog

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2. Liesa Cole | @liesacole

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3. Tosha Gaines | @toshaphotog

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4. Andi Rice | @riceandi 

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5. Cary Norton | @carynorton

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6. Jennifer Alsabrook-Turner | @bangimages

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7. Isaac Nunn | @sub.urbancreative

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Pay the lady 🖤💰 #suburbancreative #blackwomenmatter

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8. Jerimiah Smith | @jerimiahsmith

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“The Golden Rule “ is a mixed media photography project by Jerimiah Smith. From a young age many children worldwide are taught The Golden Rule, which simply states that we “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” The fact that this maxim is repeated throughout many cultures and religions shows that as humans, the moral compass that guides us is the same in many respects. Despite different languages and traditions, we see this similar principle repeated in sacred texts worldwide. Considering this simple truth, Jerimiah aims to show how the Golden Rule is a good starting point for beginning the process of healing years of trauma. Seeing the protests breakout like wildfires across the nation following the murder of George Floyd, like many white Americans Jerimiah felt a call to action even though he wasn’t exactly sure where to start. Following his instinct, Jerimiah decided that using his camera was the best way he could be useful in the moment. Smith’s tools include a 25 year old 35mm film camera and a 35 year old medium format camera. Black & White Film seemed to be a good choice for this project because of the raw emotion it invokes while manual cameras make the photographer slow down and take everything in. Jumping in the fray, Smith began by making connections with people in the community, asking questions, holding space for deep conversations, and listening. With photographs and audio conversations recorded with his cell phone Jerimiah asked tough questions that maybe he’s not even ready to hear the answers to. After developing the photographs, Smith plans to take his printed portraits to the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. He then will adhere his photographs in a large-scale format to businesses struck by the riots of May 31st to create positivity and raise awareness for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Next to each portrait there will be a QR Code to hear that individual’s story and conversation with Smith. For this project, Jerimiah hopes to uplift people of color’s voices through active listening, honest portraits, and meaningful conversations. #blacklivesmatter #bronicasqa #kodaktrix400 #filmsnotdead

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9. Kenwynalexander | @kenwynalexander

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10. Wes Frazer | @wesfrazer

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Cole From my socially distant portrait series

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11. Mike Fisher | @1217_mike

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12. Mary Fehr | @marycfehr

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13. Lex Soul | @lex.soul + @lexsoulmeetups

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14. Laura Jett Walker | @laurajettwalker

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15. Brian Pride | @brianpridephotography

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16. Caroline Japal | @carolinejapal

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17. Mallory Barry | @malbphotography

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these gals are so. cool.

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18. Moe Kite | @moekite

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19. Kourtney Iman | @kourtinthakut

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Birmingham, AL 2020.

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20. Will Hamilton | @whalehamilton

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So how should I begin this?

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21. Cornelius Hayes | @eyesofcorn

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22. Evie Elkins | @eviesummers

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23. Kizzie Warren | @kizzieklaire

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24. Giani Martin | @giani.martin

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25. E.J. Glenn | @ejglennphotography

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Want to follow more talented photographers in our city? Check out this list for 22 other Birmingham photographers to follow.

Obviously, these lists are not exhaustive, and there are still SO many talented creators and photographers around Birmingham. So, let us know who we missed!

We’ll be writing more stories like this one highlighting different types of photogs in the city including street photographers, wedding photographers and more.

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