In celebration of Vogue‘s 125th anniversary, the prominent fashion publication has produced a collection of narratives featuring artists from diverse backgrounds. Their most recent Art in Residence article, commends the work of female artists in America and honors the contributions of legendary artist Joan Jonas, art curator Rujeko Hockley, social media art guru Kimberly Drew, and many more. To up the ante, the monumental portraits were captured by award-winning photographer and multimedia artist Lorna Simpson.
“This is the third time in a number of years that I picked up a camera to take a portrait,” says Simpson at the opening of the article. “Some I have known forever, some not so long, and some whom I have not met personally until now… They don’t take no for an answer. They are creative visionaries whose passions and work have shaped the cultural landscape.”
Photographing all 18 women in her personal studio in Brooklyn, Simpson’s esteemed lineup highlights talented women who’ve been known to ready their canvas in more ways than one. Despite emerging from different backgrounds, one thing these women all have in common is Simpson’s admiration and their willingness to open the their hearts and minds in the name of art and expression.