LONDON (UK) – Misan Harriman hopes to encourage employers to spend more on his Vogue-covered portrait of Black activists instead of the regular stars.
Photographer and founder of What We Seee, Misan Harriman, sits in his garden as he holds the September issue of British magazine Vogue featuring his portrait, at his home in Woking, Britain.
Footballer Marcus Rashford, who helped enforce UK children’s food discounts, and Adwoa Aboah, a model and mental health campaign, featured the slogan “Activist, Face of Hope” earlier in the fashion bible.
For Harriman, the first black male photographer to shoot the cover of UK Vogue, the image “now exists”, depicts a kind of social justice protest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
It was Harriman’s portraits of London’s Black Lives Matter travel in London that brought him the attention of UK Vogue CEO Edward Enninful, who became the first black person to lead the magazine.
Vogue needed a change after the protests and the coronavirus epidemic, Enninful told the BBC, and that was what led to Hararriman’s closure over the September issue.
Walking through the magazine in his garden, Harriman said he feels like a star Rashford and Aboah represent hope and empathy and show his success.
She is the first black person to ever shoot a Vogue cover after Nadine Ijewere became the first black photographer to shoot a cover when she made the January 2019 issue.
The September issue traditionally sells some copies as a fashion change from summer to winter. Last year it was organized by guests by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and featured influential women forward.