Artist Talk: RUDDY ROYE, "When Living is a Protest"
Ruddy Roye is a Brooklyn based portrait and documentary photographer. Roye was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and studied English Literature at Goucher College.
Roye uses his camera as a tool that allows him to document the world around him as he sees it. The images he produces speak to the human condition, addressing the myriad instances of suffering and injustice that he is witness to that are often overlooked. Yet the images he produces of events such as the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, The Black Lives Matter movement, chronic homelessness, and his own personal project When Living is A Protest, do not merely exist to capture misery, they also convey resilience and compassion. Roye’s portraits are frequently produced as collaboration with the people he photographs in tandem with text that further humanizes them and evades their exploitation.