Jide Alakija and Audrey Woulard Named Nikon Ambassadors.
When Nikon made a public statement last month pledging to “support the Black community,” it then took action to improve the diversity in its own ranks. In that vein, the company just added two more incredibly talented photographers to its prestigious Nikon Ambassador Program: New York-based documentary, wedding and editorial photographer Jide Alakija, and Chicago-based children’s photographer Audrey Woulard.
Alakija, whose work has taken him across the world—from Africa, to Europe, to the Middle East and beyond—is also the co-owner of TAFETA, a private London-based gallery specializing in 20th century and contemporary African art. He also runs mentorship programs in West Africa to educate underprivileged photography students. Jide Alakija photographs engagements and weddings, too.
Woulard, who was part of the Diversity Panel at WPPI earlier this year, and also held a WPPI Platform Class on “A Simplistic Approach to Impactful Imagery,” is primarily a children and adolescent portrait photographer. Her Kids and the City (KATC) portrait studio in Chicago specializes in fashion-forward, high school senior photography. Also a prolific educator, Woulard’s AW Teaches offers tutorials and workshops for other photographers.
When asked by email what this meant to him, Alakija said that “There is nothing more amazing than having the support and backing from one of, if not the top brand of photo imaging in the world, in your photography exploits. As an Ambassador, I have a voice that’s been amplified because of a trusted brand like Nikon, and it is with that trust and confidence that I am able to share impactful stories, teachings and inspiration with my peers.”
Added Woulard, after being named a Nikon Ambassador as well: “I am passionate about sharing my techniques and experience with the creative community, so that we can learn and grow from one another. I am honored to continue educating as part of the Nikon Ambassador program.”