Photographer Dani B Encourages Black People to Reclaim their Space at Her “GHETTO” Exhibition

You may have posed in front of her camera at SVGE’s 2000s-themed party, you may have come across her photos from Durag Fest in Charlotte, NC, or you may have met her somewhere in between. Regardless of how you’ve come to know her, one thing is clear: Dani B (widely known for her hashtag #SHOTBYDANI) is for the culture. Through her sometimes-gritty-sometimes-emotional-always-powerful photos, Dani B has committed herself to telling the story of the Black experience. Native Brooklynite Dani B aims to instill self-love and unity within her community by creating and spreading positive imagery of Black people. In her own words, “No conforming [is] necessary. We are fashion. We are art. We make the trends. We make shit lit.”


To drive this point home, on Saturday, Dani B hosted her first ever solo art exhibit titled “GHETTO.” All photos on display were #SHOTBYDANI and represented the various aspects of the Black experience. Some photos were portraits, some photos were editorial, and some photos were documentary, but each photo, in its own way, was meant to celebrate the different pieces of Black culture that often fall under the umbrella description of “ghetto.” As if the art wasn’t enough, the “GHETTO” exhibit also offered guest performances by rapper Zero Mckenzi and his singer-guitarist cousin Darius Williams as well as unlimited servings of soul food (I wasn’t kidding when I said Dani was for the community). If you were unable to attend the exhibit, below is a photo recap of the night:

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