Photographer Jaimie Milners’ “Gifted” project captures an empowering image of black men

“If you are to know one thing, know that you are gifted,” says Jaimie Milner, the photographer behind “The Gifted Project,” a photo series now on view at the Residency art gallery. The project was created to “ignite pride amongst the black community through positive imagery that reminds black men of the undeniable talent and influence they possess,” as noted on the artist’s website.  

Milner got the idea for the project after being an intern for Walt Disney Studios while 2009’s, The Princess and the Frog was in production. The California native, who animator Mark Henn used as a reference for the film’s black princess, quickly noticed her prince was not black. Her realization gave rise to an internal conversation about how black men are portrayed in the media, ultimately leading to the idea for the photo series. 

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