Rushay Booysen was born and raised in the small coastal city of Port Elizabeth on the Eastern coastline of South Africa. An avid supporter of various art mediums, he developed a love for sharing and exploring a variety of topics concerning identity, culture and post apartheid South Africa. A keen photojournalist whose work was featured on CNN’s iReport, Rushay’s artistry has been featured around the world, from The African-American Art & Culture Complex of San Francisco to the Mojo Gallery in Dubai. In 2007, Rushay contributed images to a digital library initiated by Fundacio La Caixa in Barcelona, Spain that supports and encourages dialog in the global hip-hop community. More recently, Rushay co-founded True Sight Music, a indie-based music imprint based in Port Elizabeth that works with such artist as Schaik, Jbux, and Hishaam. He also assisted Khulumani Support Group, a human rights focused NGO, in compiling the music compilation, “Officially Offside.” Rushay’s project, “Coloured: A profile of Two Million South Africans” is featured here as one of (1)ne Drop’s Sister Projects.
Janet E. Dandridge
The seventh child born and raised amongst the colorful backdrops and even more colorful characters that comprise Washington D.C, Janet E. Dandridge began her photography career at age 9 with a point-and-shoot camera documenting the happenings in her community. After studying film and television production at St. John’s University in New York City, Janet moved to Los Angeles, CA, where she has established herself as an accomplished visual artist. In 2006, Janet introduced Evolution Revolution Photography to the world, better known as EvoRevo Photo. EvoRevo connects with various artistic and political movements throughout the visual arts, music, and Film/TV worlds through benefits such as Boobs in Bars for breast cancer research funding, Hurricane Katrina Revisited to acknowledge victims of the hurricane, and Uganda Interpreted to raise awareness of the children affected by the 26-year Ugandan civil war. Janet has over seven years of experience exhibiting with organizations such as the New Image Art Gallery, R&R Gallery, The House of Blues on Sunset, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, RAWartists, and the Lucy Florence Cultural Center. She has worked with publications such as NV Magazine, Right On! Magazine, Zine, and 944. Janet is adept with fine art, portraiture, abstracts, and photojournalism; and continues to build upon collections that focus on social-political ideals that not only affect her immediate community, but the world. One of her recent projects, “Faces: An Intimate Portrait of Black Folk in America” is featured here as one of (1)ne Drop’s Sister Projects.
Leonardo Martins Galina, also known as Guma, is a photographer and freelance photojournalist. He received a bachelors degree in photography from Senac University. Co-author of the book, Morada (“Residence”), he is the photographer behind the “I Africanize São Paulo” campaign, a slogan designed to bring greater visibility to the Black Brasilian population in the media. As an art-educator, he develops photography workshops with teenagers and youth, and is a teacher of Capoeira Angola. A member of the Warrior Brother Capoeira Group (Grupo de Capoeira Irmãos Guerreiros), he received the name “Guma” through Capoeira.
Filmmaker and photojournalist Akintola Hanif‘s research interest is heavily rooted in documentation of quality of life and class issues. His photography has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Tri-State area; in such venues as Aljira, a Center For Contemporary Art, The McKenna Museum, Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery, Columbia University, Princeton University and the Newark Museum. In 2005, Akintola directed and produced his first short film, comprised mostly of still photos; entitled FREEDOM OR EVERYBODY DIES for the kick off of The Museum of African American Music.
Akintola’s latest documentary MORAL PANIC: More Heat Than Light chronicles gang life and the challenges of prisoner societal reentry and was produced by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. His work has received favorable review and coverage by The Village Voice, The Star Ledger, The Huffington Post, Uptown Magazine and many others. His corporate commissions include projects for Prudential and Red Bull. Akintola currently works as the resident documentarian at New Jersey’s YouthBuild Newark program (http://youthbuildnewarknj.org), a GED and life skill training program for at risk youth. On May 21st, 2011 Hanif launched HYCIDE Magazine and online and print photography journal dedicated to subculture art and conflict.
Ayana V. Jackson
Ayana V. Jackson received her BA from Spelman College and in 2005 studied under Khaterina Sieverding at the University of Arts Berlin (Germany). Based in Johannesburg and New York, she has exhibited her work in association with Gallery MOMO (Johannesburg, RSA), Galerie Baudoin Lebon (Paris), Primo Marella Gallery (Milan), A Gathering of the Tribes (USA), Galerie Peter Herrmann (Germany), San Francisco Mexican Museum (USA) the Franklyn H. Williams CCC/African Diaspora Institute (USA) and CulturesFrance (FR). She has received grants from the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Inter America Foundation and Puma Creative, the latter supporting her participation in the 2009 Bamako African Photography Biennial. Public art exhibitions include Round 32 of Project Rowhouses in Houston’s 3rd ward (USA). Her photography has been featured in publications including the exhibition catalogue for her series African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society (Columbia University), Camera Austria, Afrique in Visu, Dutch-based ZAM Magazine, Art South Africa, and Le Journal des Arts (Paris).
Her work can be found in public collections including the University of South Africa (UNISA), The Wedge Collection, Lucent and the World Bank Foundation. Ms. Jackson is currently an artist in Residence at the Cite International des Arts in Paris.
Richard Terborg is a freelance photographer based in Almere, The Netherlands.